And never the twixt shall meet

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While the story is uncertain in meaning, it is told in very clear prose and is very readable. I have already reviewed this story recently in Typhoon and Other Tales, and do not wish to review it again.

However in the interests of completeness, I shall copy my earlier comments about it. The narrator is once more a young man on his first voyage as Captain of a ship.

While alone on the deck, he is startled by young man climbing aboard. The man is an officer from a neighbouring ship who murdered one of his crew members, and is now a fugitive. The fugitive Leggatt feels that he was justified, because the victim was a bully who refused to obey an order at a time when the ship was in peril from a storm.

The narrator conceals Leggatt in his cabin because he feels a strange affinity with the murderer. The two men look alike and they both went to Conway, a training ship. Eventually the Captain agrees to take his ship close to an island at great risk to the safety of his ship and crew so that Leggatt can safely swim ashore.

The two men look similar, suggesting a dual identity. The title too hints at this. Leggatt is a sharer of more than just the secret of his concealment in the cabinet. He shares a resemblance to the Captain. There are certainly some characteristic Conrad ideas about the weakness and fallibility of humans.

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We should also avoid seeing the story as a Jekyll and Hyde variation, as both men are morally ambiguous. In fact, this gets more to the heart of the narrative.

In so far as it is about psychological issues, it is more about the moral choices made by Leggatt and the Captain. On the surface, it might seem that Leggatt is the darker character, but this position is far more blurred.

Leggatt kills a man to saves his ship from disaster.

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The Captain endangers his ship to save a known murderer. Right and wrong are uncertain. Was the Captain in the right to risk all to protect Leggatt, and was Leggatt justified in his murder? These are never explained to the reader, but seem to lie in the strange resemblance between the two men. The Captain is almost protecting himself, or an alternative version of what he might have been. This lends itself to other interpretations. Some see a form of elitism in the actions of the Captain.

He and Leggatt were trained in the same place, and both men are intelligent and well-educated. They are more compatible with one another than they are with their stupid crew members. This creates a freemasonry between the two men. Kamal foretells his own death by hanging, and the promotion of his son to a high rank in the cavalry. The Colonel's son and Kamal's son swear blood brotherhood. The two young men ride back to the British fort, where Kamal's son is greeted with hostility by the guards.

The Colonel's son admonishes them that his companion is now no longer a border thief, but a fellow soldier. Critical analysis[ edit ] Its first line is often quoted, sometimes to ascribe racism to Kipling, particularly in regard to the British Empire.

The full refrain, with which the poem opens and closes, includes a contradiction of the opening line. This may be read as saying that 'it is indisputable that geographic points of the compass will never meet in this life, but that when two strong men [or equals] meet, the accidents of birth, whether of nationality, race, or family, do not matter at all—the mutual respect such individuals have, each for the character, prowess, and integrity of the other, are their only criteria for judging and accepting one another.

Any differences in ethnicity between such individuals are never even considered. The poem is written in the style of a border ballad.

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It is printed as rhyming heptameterstwo of which are equivalent to a ballad stanza ; some texts print these in quatrains groups of four lines. The vocabulary, stock phrases and rhythms are reminiscent of the old ballads, and the culture described is not unlike that of the Border Reivers: Sir Patrick Spens"Then up and spoke the [Colonel's son] that led a [troop of the Guides ]", with a traditional driving rhythm.

Such echoes are to be heard throughout the poem: There is rock to the left, and rock to the right, and low lean thorn between And ye may hear a breech-bolt snick where never a man is seen.