"Conrad walks a similar tight- rope in his exploration of the homosocial continuum--pushing out the boundaries a little and then pulling back to accommodate a conventional audience that would have been hostile to a more overt exploration. In other words, Conrad could only press his artistic investigations of the potential relationships between men so far because those investigations were threatened by the ghost of Oscar Wilde."
Ruppel, Richard. “Joseph Conrad and the Ghost of Oscar Wilde.” The Conradian (U.K.). 23.1 (Spring, 1998): 19-36.