Vasterbotten Travel on TIleir actions are wrested from them by the irresistible force of material interests and bring about disastrous unintended consequences. Conrad's most eloquent expression of the way material interests appropriate the idealistic motives of those who think to use them for social good comes almost at the end of the novel by way of a passage giving in free indirect discourse Emilia Gould's understanding of the way her husband's devotion to the mine has destroyed their marriage: Incorrigible in his devotion to the great silver mine was the Senor Administrador! Incorrigible in his hard, determined service of the material interests to which he had pinned his faith in the triumph of order and justice. Poor boy! She had a dear vision of the gray hairs on his temples. He was perfect-perfect.
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