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Throughout his voyage Marlow encounters the helmsman Although we do not know precisely how old he is Marlow describes him as athletic Thus we may conjecture that the helmsman cannot be older than a man in his prime Marlow meets him on the ship that is taking them to Kurtzs station the helmsman is in charge of steering the ship When Marlow first sees the helmsman he sports a pair of brass earrings and wears a blue cloth wrapper from the waist to the ankles We can infer from his clothing that he might not have any desire to integrate European civilization for he wears his tradition al coast tribes clothing Marlow paints the helmsmans personality He describes him as an unstable kind of fool who thought aIl the world of himself Marlow criticizes his way of steering According to him the helmsman steers with no end of a swagger white you are by but if he lost sight of you he would become instantly the prey of an abject funk and would let that cripple of a steamboat get the upper hand of him in a minute It is only in a few lines in which Marlow portrays his companion in a rather pessimistic and intolerant way However Marlows convictions about his companion are verified when the steamboat is attacked The helmsman becomes mad his hands on the spokes was lifting his knees high stamping his feet champing his mouth like a reined-horse his mouth foamed a little When Marlow and his crew are caught in the fog and hear savage discords till their ears the white men start panicking Their faces twitched with the strain the hands trembled slightly the eyes forgot to wink a curious look of being painfully shocked by such an outrageous row On the other hand the natives had an alert naturally interested expression but their faces were essentially quiet
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