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The Ivory Pilgrims

The following passage is from Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness:

“I went to work the next day, turning, so to speak, my back on that station.

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We Who are About to Die

When Marlow in Jospeph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness arrives at the Company office (in Brussels, we’ll assume) to sign his contract, he encounters two women in the outer office. 483 more words


Heart of Darkness

Heart of Darkness follows the story of Charles Marlow, an English steamboat captain charged with transporting a large quantity of ivory from a trading post to the company’s headquarters. 143 more words


A Ship's Biscuit

In my last post on Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, I looked at the language Marlow uses to describe the natives. Aside from the language, I think it’s also interesting to see how Marlow reacts to what he sees: That is, what does Marlow do when he sees the criminals in chains with their “deathlike indifference” (16) or when he encounters the sick and injured and starving “black shapes” (16)? 314 more words


Heart of Darkness

Heart of Darkness. We have a history.

The History

Not a particularly interesting history, though. I didn’t use the book to jam the pistons of a runaway steam train heading for a broken stretch of abyssal track, and it wasn’t cited – along with a ball gag, a stash of Peruvian porn and a severed finger – in my divorce hearing. 634 more words


Shapes and Shadows

Consider how Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness describes the natives we first encounter in the novel, and then compare those descriptions to what happens when Marlow then meets a white man. 449 more words