Study Guide

Nostromo Part 1, Chapter 2

By Joseph Conrad

Part 1, Chapter 2

  • Still not a ton going on here in the way of action. We get a little bit of history about the Oceanic Steam Navigation Company (O.S.N.), for which Sulaco is a port of call.
  • We also finally get some information about characters, including Captain Mitchell (the superintendent of the O.S.N. in Sulaco) and Nostromo (who works for Captain Mitchell).
  • Also, we dip into tales of political turmoil in Sulaco/Costaguana. We hear about Nostromo's role in helping a dictator, Señor Ribiera, escape from revolutionaries, and a little bit about the aftermath of that escapade. Seems like a passing anecdote at first…