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sea and the sky were welded together without a joint and in the luminous space the tanned sails of the barges drifting up with the tide seemed to stand still in red clusters of canvas sharply peaked with gleams of varnished sprits A haze rested on the low shores that ran out to sea in vanishing flatness The air was dark above Gravesend and farther back still seemed condensed into a mournful gloom brooding motionless over the biggest and the greatest town on earth The Director of Companies was our captain and our host We four affectionately watched his back as he stood in the bows looking to seaward On the whole river there was nothing that looked half so nautical He resembled a pilot which to a seaman is trustworthiness personified It was difficult to realize his work was not out there in the luminous estuary but behind him within the brooding gloom Between us there was as I have already said somewhere the bond of the sea Besides holding our hearts together through long periods of separation it had the effect of making us tolerant of each others yarns -- and even convictions The Lawyer -- the best of old fellows -- had because of his many years and many virtues the only cushion on deck and was lying on the only rug The Accountant had brought out already a box of dominoes and was toying architecturally with the bones Marlow sat cross-legged right aft leaning against the mizzenmast He had sunken cheeks a yellow complexion a straight back an ascetic aspect and with his arms dropped the palms of hands outwards resembled an idol The Director satisfied the anchor had good hold made his way aft and sat down amongst us We exchanged a few words lazily Afterwards there was silence on board the yacht For some reason or other we did not begin that game of dominoes
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