The Covert Plot: Three Examples
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I. Abdulla's defeat of Almayer in Almayer's Folly Almayer's collaborator, Dain, is betrayed to the Dutch authorities while smuggling gunpowder. He escapes from the ambush but is pursued; and this precipitates his hasty elopement with Nina Almayer. The overt plot concentrates on Almayer's response to these events, and particularly his increasing disillusionment and demoralisation on realising not only that, without Dain's help, his hopes of finding gold in the jungle are dashed, but also that his beloved daughter prefers Dain to himself and will depart for ever. He becomes an opium addict and dies. The covert plot is the story of Abdulla's complicated scheme to eliminate his trading rival, Almayer; and this provides the dynamism of the novel's story, but is so reticently presented that only a close reading of details reveals it. For example, in Chapter 8, two lines of dialogue reveal that the ambush of Dain resulted from a warning sent to the authorities by 'an Arab trader of this place' - who can only be Abdulla. All the subsequent main events stem from this warning. At the end of the novel, when Abdulla looks on the corpse of Almayer, victor confronts victim, and the covert plot confronts the overt plot which it has stealthily shaped.