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HTML1DocumentEncodingutf-8Mistah Kurtz in Heart of Darkness is one ofKorzeniowskis revenants He rose unsteady long pale indistinct like a vapour exhaledby the earth and swayed slightly misty and silent before me 64 Kurtz originates in themisseds of time--after the brief attack by the natives Marlow concludes that Kurtz isnow missing-- vanished--and confesses in his most intimate moment that his sorrow atthis thought had a startling extravagance of emotion Seized with lonely desolation hefeels as if he had been robbed of a belief or had missed his destiny in life 48 Thissense of lack helps us understand why Conrads Marlow was anxious to deal with thisshadow by myself alone--even though he adds to this day I dont know why I was sojealous of sharing with anyone the peculiar blackness of that experience 64 He is so tospeak niggard of his narcissism he cannot truly share experience coming as it does out ofhis past because being known it would no longer be his unique individual peculiar pastand he would then no longer be his present self As an author unconsciously compellednow to write volume after volume PR 18 he no doubt feels unconsciously compelled toprotect his self-investment Besides as Marlow says of his fellow man upon his returnfrom the depths of Congo-Conrads Inner Station I felt so sure they could not possiblyknow the things I knew 70--and why I had no clear perception of what it was I reallywanted 71 Critics now commonly point to Marlows nervous disorder at the endhence beginning of the tale but above that narrator like the eye above the writing handis another who paradoxically writes so as not to be understood--so to have the job theoccupation of going-on-not-being- understood--and so as not to understand himself Theinner truth is hidden--luckily luckily 36 When this subtle psychological machine functions You are so subtle Marlow LJ112 Conrad has the pregnant satisfaction of experiencing the brooding gloom gloombrooding whose inspiring presence he signals no less than five
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