Heart of Darkness Chapter Summaries

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S: Heart of Darkness Chapter Summaries

1: By: Joseph Conrad

3: PART 1: The story starts out on the the Thames River on a boat called Nellie.The first characters are introduced Marlow, the Lawyer, and the Accountant, and the Company Director. Waiting for the tide to come they play cards.

5: Marlow begins to share his experince in Africa to entertain them. He says that during his job hunt to become a sailor, he came accross a continental trading company. He was really excited because he had always wanted to go to Africa ever since he was a child. As soon as he arrives he witnesses the inhuman treatment of the natives. Natives in a chain gang carried debris from the explosion in baskets. He saw the laborers crouching in the shade of trees dying.

7: Marlow waited for ten days at the station, during which time the accountant told him of Kurtz, the unusual man in charge of the Interior Station, who shipped back more ivory than all the other agents put together. Marlow inquired after the mysterious Kurtz, but received little information, except that he was a remarkable man, expected to go far in the Company. A sick man groaned in the office, and other outside noises distracted the accountant.

9: Marlow arrived at Central Station, where. His ship had been sunken in the river. He it would take a months to repair it. He met with the General Manager of the Central Station. The Manager had his position in spite of his lack of intelligence and training.This Manager told Kurtz that the situation in the interior was becoming difficult; Kurtz had reportedly fallen ill.

11: He says that he had been sleeping aboard the in-progress wreck, and the brickmaker still kept after him. The brickmaker ordered rivets, to fix the ship. These treasure hunters were coarse and greedy types whose only intention was plunder. Marlow was forced to wait to leave, and during that time thought occasionally of Kurtz, the great agent and moral leader.

13: PART 2 Waiting on the boat at Central Station, Marlow overheard the Manager speaking to the caravan leader, the manager's uncle. Marlow heard their conversation while half-asleep, so he made little sense of it at first. experience he had by staying with the illustrious Kurtz--and it turned out this young man, a Russian, had been the one who had left the strange book, with its margin notes, that Marlow had found earlier. He said that the natives attacked only because they did not want anyone to take Kurtz away. Kurtz,

15: Part 3 Having journeyed to the heart of Kurtz's darkness, Marlow subsequently found those living in the city stupid-he could hardly keep from laughing at their empty self-importance. He refused to give Kurtz's papers over to the Company. Marlow had his own reasons to doubt this, but stayed silent.Marlow admitted to Kurtz's fianc that he had heard Kurtz's last words, but he could not admit the exact words to her. As Marlow stood before the Intended, he heard, "The horror! The horror!" all around him, but said, at last, that Kurtz's final words were the fianc's own name. He could not, in the end, tell her the truth that Kurtz had revealed to him, because the truth was too terrible.

17: Marlow eventually gave the Company the article--with the postscript torn off. He also finally decided to go to the fianc's house to leave the letters with her, and hopefully leave behind the memory. He felt Kurtz enter, ghostlike, into the fianc's house, with him. Marlow saw, as he walked through the door of the Intended's house, the natives

19: Marlow admitted to Kurtz's fianc that he had heard Kurtz's last words, but he could not admit the exact words to her. As Marlow stood before the Intended, he heard, "The horror! The horror!" all around him, but said, at last, that Kurtz's final words were the fianc's own name. He could not, in the end, tell her the truth that Kurtz had revealed to him, because the truth was too terrible.

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