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The sea? The spears in the barrier of branches? Ricardo's dagger? 22. What significance does the problem of Victory have on a universal level? On an individual level? 23. What does the scene on the forest path in Chapters Three, Four and Five of Part Three reveal about Heyst's real feeling toward Lena and her understanding of his character? 24. Trace Lena's change of character. 25. Does Heyst's character change? 26. What are the key values of Victory? What does the book teach about guilt complexes, pity, love, and hate?
She asks. Heyst tells her she has been shot. Over Samburan, the thunder had ceased to growl at last, and "the world of material forms shuddered no more under the emerging stars. " "Oh, my beloved," she cries in a weak voice. "I've saved you! " Cursing his fastidious soul, Heyst bends over her. " Lena tries to lift her head, and with a terrified, but gentle movement, Heyst slips his arm under her neck. With a flush of rapture flooding her whole being and with a "divine radiance" on her lips, she breathes her last, triumphant.
He tells Lena that he is "the most detached of all creature, . . the veriest tramp on this earth, an indifferent stroller through the world's bustle . . " What makes him the sort of man he is? Conrad has fully motivated Heyst by telling us that his philosopher father has imbued him, in his youth, with a deep mistrust of life. At his most impressionable age and under the most poignant of circumstances, the elder Heyst has guided his son, Axel, into an isolationist philosophy that years of experience only confirm, strengthen, and solidify into a pattern of life.