The Arrow of Gold

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First UK edition (publ. T. Fisher Unwin)

The Arrow of Gold is a novel by Joseph Conrad, published in 1919. It was originally titled "The Laugh" and published serially in Lloyd's Magazine from December 1918 to February 1920.[1] The story is set in Marseille in the 1870s during the Third Carlist War. The characters of the novel are supporters of the Spanish Pretender Carlos, Duke of Madrid.

The narrator of The Arrow of Gold has considerable involvement in the story and is unnamed, though some assume he is Conrad's regular narrator, Charles Marlow. The principal theme is a love triangle which comprises the young narrator, Doña Rita and the Confederate veteran Captain Blunt. Doña Rita finances the operations of the narrator's vessel, Tremolino which smuggles ammunition to the Carlist army. Nautical operations are detailed in the Tremolino chapters[2] of The Mirror of the Sea rather than in this novel.

Conrad dedicated the novel to his friend and literary assistant Richard Curle.


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  2. ^ Conrad, Joseph "The Mirror of the Sea", chap XL-XLV

External links[edit]

The Laugh (later called The Arrow of Gold) in Lloyd's Magazine (December, 1918-February, 1920). URL