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Unformatted text preview: Karthik Patange September 8, 2007 Chapter 3: Heart of Darkness Quote: “I was within a hair’s-breadth of the last opportunity for pronouncement, and I found with humiliation that probably I would have nothing to say. This is the reason why I affirm that Kurtz was a remarkable man. He had something to say. He said it. . . . He had summed up-he had judged. ‘The horror!’ He was a remarkable man.” (154-155) Context: After Kurtz died on the steamer, the pilgrims bury him the next day in a hole. Marlow does not join the other pilgrims. He falls ill and almost dies himself. After suffering greatly, he realizes that, in the end, when he experiences death, he would have “nothing to say.” He realizes that Kurtz was remarkable because he “had something to say” and “he said it.” After recovering sufficiently from his illness, Marlow leaves Africa and returns to Brussels. Commentary: Marlow has nothing to say for his near-death experience. Although his “nothing to say” is no reflection on a lack of substance, it is his realization that anything he might have to say would...
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