Mr. Verloc, leaving in the morning, left his tent nominally in charge of his brother-in-law.
It could be done, because there were very few businesses at any given time, and practically none before nightfall.
Mr. Verloc cared little for his ostensible business.
And, besides, his wife was in charge of his brother-in-law......
The Secret Agent is a novel by Joseph Conrad, published in 1907.
The story is set in London in 1886 and deals with Mr. Verloc and his work as a spy for an unknown country (presumably Russia).
The Secret Agent stands out as one of Conrad's later political novels, in which he distanced himself from his earlier sailors' tales, which deal extensively with anarchism, espionage and terrorism.
He also deals with the exploitation of vulnerable people, particularly in Verloc's relationship with his brother-in-law Stevie, who has an intellectual disability.
The novel begins at Verloc's house, while he and his wife discuss the trivia of everyday life, introducing the reader to Verloc's family.
Soon after, Verloc leaves to meet with Mr. Vladimir, the new First Secretary at a foreign country's embassy.
Joseph Conrad, novelista británico de origen polaco, ha sido considerado como uno de los grandes escritores modernos en lengua inglesa.
Toda su obra se caracterizó por una profunda exploración de la vulnerabilidad e inestabilidad moral del ser humano.
Su vida en el mar y en puertos extranjeros fue el telón de fondo de casi todas sus historias, pero su obsesión fundamental era la condición humana y la lucha del individuo entre el bien y el mal, que reflejaba en sus escritos con un estilo rico y vigoroso y una técnica narrativa que utilizaba hábilmente las interrupciones en los discursos cronológicos.