Heart of Darkness Setting

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The Sepulchral City

The sepulchral city is the center of the Company’s Administration, and Marlow says that its whiteness has always made him uncomfortable. He spends time there in order to get his assignment, and lights out as quickly as possible.

The Outer Stations

The outer stations in Africa are variously corrupt, disheveled, brutal, and confused. Marlow says that raw materials lie about ruined or unused, and natives in chain gangs perform meaningless work, just to keep them submissive. The heat is oppressive, and there are flies everywhere, but Marlow says that some of the civil servants adopt an absurd fastidiousness in response. Whether it is because of the climate or the distance from Europe, the station at the coast and the Central Station are both disorganized and ineffective, and the pilgrims’ primary occupations seem to be scheming to get a cut of the ivory trade.

The Inner Station

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