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What in the Congo causes Marlow's need to lie to the Intended and others back at home?

Why did Marlow lie? On pg. 24, Marlow said that he hates and detests lies (you can read the book online). If you google "Why did Marlow lie?" you get dozens of answers, all leading to the point that ...
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What in the Congo causes Marlow's need to lie to the Intended and others back at home?

There are three reasons why Marlow lied. 1. Too profound to explain Marlow keenly felt that his profound experience - of the Belgian Congo in general, and of Kurtz in particular - was beyond ...
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What does "between us there was, as I have already said somewhere, the bond of the sea" mean in Heart of Darkness?

There are two parts to this question: the meaning of "between us there was ... the bond of the sea", and the significance of the interposed clause "as I have already said somewhere". The novel is a ...
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What does "I were about to set off for the centre of the earth" mean here

Marlow says he felt as if ("as though") he was going on a journey to the centre of the earth. This can be seen as a foreshadowing of events later in the novel, when he encounters Kurtz. ...
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