Joseph Conrad was an English writer of Polish origin and though he wrote his works in English he always considered himself a Pole. His stories often have nautical setting which is a typical feature of adventure stories. A symbolic meaning can be found in this idea: the author traces the fates of people in the indifferent and strange world. Even though his writing style may possess some elements of romanticism he is cosidered as a representetive of modernism. His works have been made into a number of films. ‘The End Of The Tether’ is an adventure novella by Joseph Conrad that goes round Henry Whalley, the captain of the Sofala, a man of great experience and unspotted reputation. Unfortunately, Henry finds himself financially ruined with his daughter involved in an unsuccessful marriage. So Whalley invests his last money in a risky adventure on an old ship. Will this idea come up to his expectations?