The Secret Agent
Mr. Adolph Verloc, Mrs. Verloc, Stevie
Not as well known as his other works. It is a new twist to have Conrad write about a tale that never leaves the firm land of London; perhaps the first secret agent story, which inspired others to do the same in an evolving, politcial european community of intrigue in the twentieth century.
Mr. Verloc, going out in the morning, left his shop nominally in charge of his brother-in-law. It could be done, because there was very little business at any time, and practically none at all before the evening. Mr. Verloc cared little about his ostensible business. And, moreover, his wife was ion charge of his brother-in-law.
Like a pest in the street full of men.