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CHAPTER II THE MANAGER AND HIS UNCLE One evening as Marlow lies snoozing on the deck of his steamer, he’s awakened by a conversation. The manager and his uncle are talking beside the boat; they don’t realize Marlow’s sleeping on top of it. Conrad was trying here to capture the feel of a half-heard conversation. For that reason, you may find their talk a little hard to follow, especially at first. But it helps to know that the two men are talking about Kurtz. The manager, it appears, feels just as threatened by Kurtz as the brickmaker did: “Look at the influence that man must have,” he tells his uncle.
Kurtz’s Escape. Departure. 4. Kurtz’s Death. 5. Marlow’s illness and Return. 6. The Lie. 7. Epilogue. Be sure to note that these subdivisions aren’t Conrad’s. They are used in this guide only to make the novel easier to analyze and discuss. Quotations cited can usually be found in the subdivision being discussed. ” CHAPTER I PROLOGUE: MARLOW BEGINS HIS TALE Five Englishmen are enjoying themselves one pleasant afternoon aboard a sailboat close to the mouth of the Thames River outside London. Since there isn’t much wind, they’re stranded when the tide turns (“The flood had made”); all they can do is drop anchor and wait several hours until the tide shifts again.
They’re a perfect, vivid emblem of what the white man has done to the black man in Africa. For his part, Marlow is horrified. Glancing down, he sees a face near his hand; he reaches nervously into his pocket and comes out with a cracker. Marlow’s description of his gesture is typically self-effacing; he isn’t given to celebrating his own virtues. As a gesture of compassion, his action may not seem like much, but it surpasses anything we’re going to see from the other white men in the novel, who don’t even seem to perceive the Africans as human.