"The Governor wasn’t really that ugly. Let us say he wasn’t very tall, he had a rather rounded tummy, bandy legs, and a nose that looked like the tip of an obelisk. Nothing special. On the other hand, he was shrewder than the rest of his fellow-citizens, on top of which he was very rich.
He was looking out of the window in the highest tower of his palace, counting the waves as they broke on the island’s rocks, and suddenly he felt very unhappy."