Nigger of the ‘Narcissus’

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A novel by J. Conrad, published 1897.

The voyage of the Narcissus from Bombay to London is disrupted by two new hands, James Wait, the ‘nigger’, and Donkin, a compulsive troublemaker. During a ferocious gale Wait has to be rescued from his sickbed; and in the ensuing calm Donkin tries unsuccessfully to incite the crew to mutiny. Finally, as predicted by Singleton, ‘the oldest able seaman in the ship’, Wait dies, the wind rises, and the Narcissus is able to dock in London.

Subjects: Literature.

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