Heart of Darkness - Study Guide Chapter 1, p 65-82 Summary & Analysis

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On a cruising yacht at dusk, Marlow begins his tale by saying that the Thames also “has been one of the dark places on earth.” The narrator himself is never named or described. He merely conveys Marlow’s narrative. Marlow comments upon the strangeness of civilization, in the light of the fact that London was once the end of the earth for the Romans who came to civilize it.

Marlow describes his impatient desire to get himself into the blank spot on the map, and he wants to go to innermost Africa. He asks an aunt to connect him to “the Company” that is conducting imperial work there, and she gets him an appointment. Marlow goes to the office in Belgium and meets a doctor who asks him to let him measure his skull for the purpose of phrenological study.

Marlow then boards a French steamer...

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