>>7567241 >Forthwith a change came over the waters, and the serenity became less brilliant but more profound. The old river in its broad reach rested unruffled at the decline of day, after ages of good service done to the race that peopled its banks, spread out in the tranquil dignity of a waterway leading to the uttermost ends of the earth. We looked at the venerable stream not in the vivid flush of a short day that comes and departs for ever, but in the august light of abiding memories. And indeed nothing is easier for a man who has, as the phrase goes, "followed the sea" with reverence and affection, than to evoke the great spirit of the past upon the lower reaches of the Thames. The tidal current runs to and fro in its unceasing service, crowded with memories of men and ships it had borne to the rest of home or to the battles of the sea. It had known and served all the men of whom the nation is proud, from Sir Francis Drake to Sir John Franklin, knights all, titled and untitled—the great knights-errant of the sea. It had borne all the ships whose names are like jewels flashing in the night of time, from the Golden Hind returning with her rotund flanks full of treasure, to be visited by the Queen's Highness and thus pass out of the gigantic tale, to the Erebus and Terror, bound on other conquests—and that never returned. It had known the ships and the men. They had sailed from Deptford, from Greenwich, from Erith—the adventurers and the settlers; kings' ships and the ships of men on 'Change; captains, admirals, the dark "interlopers" of the Eastern trade, and the commissioned "generals" of East India fleets. Hunters for gold or pursuers of fame, they all had gone out on that stream, bearing the sword, and often the torch, messengers of the might within the land, bearers of a spark from the sacred fire. What greatness had not floated on the ebb of that river into the mystery of an unknown earth!... The dreams of men, the seed of commonwealths, the germs of empires. Now imagine yourself reading that as a high school freshman
>>7567267 the vocab isn't the problem as much as it is the syntax and diction. Because of this, it would take a person of average intelligence an incredibly long time to read and understand Heart of Darkness despite its length.
>>7567594 Apparently you can't read well at all because I am proposing that a high schooler who isn't exactly motivated to take his time and absorb the text would have a very tough time getting into it. You can keep being a cunt though.
>>7568018 Anyone who doesn't want to read will have a hard time reading. There is a bare minimum of effort involved to at least want to attempt to read. If they don't have that, nothing you do will make it happen for them.
>>7567267 My high school mates went crosseyed reading it for the first time. I'm not defending being a plebshit but consider that high schoolers standards and abilities have plummeted in recent history.
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