When Flora de Barral’s father is imprisoned, she finds herself alone and without resources. Reliant on the generosity of others, Flora navigates with sensitivity her benefactors’ intrigues before finding safety and security with Captain Anthony.
Narrated by Conrad’s most popular character, Charles Marlow, Chance is remarkable for its sensitive portrayal of a female protagonist and for its depiction of the social issues of the period, including women’s suffrage and high-stakes financial speculation. Originally published serially, Chance was Conrad’s first commercially successful novel, and brought both fame and critical attention to his collected works.
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