Heart of Darkness
by Joseph Conrad
Heart of Darkness Chapter 3 Quotes
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"There was an eddy in the mass of human bodies, and the woman with helmeted head and tawny cheeks rushed out to the very brink of the stream. She put out her hands, shouted something, and all that wild mob took up the shout in a roaring chorus of articulated, rapid, breathless utterance." (3.31)
The warrior woman seems to speak for all the native Africans, which makes us wonder if she's actually their leader. Wouldn't that be crazy—a woman leader! Nonsense. Next you'll be telling us that a woman might be president some day.
"She struck me as beautiful—I mean she had a beautiful expression. I know that the sunlight can be made to lie, too, yet one felt that no manipulation of light and pose could have conveyed the delicate shade of truthfulness upon those features. She seemed ready to listen without mental reservation, without suspicion, without a thought for herself." (3.50)
Marlow is attracted to Kurtz's Intended not only because of her feminine beauty, but for her seemingly open expression and innocence.
"Their [the Intended's eyes'] glance was guileless, profound, confident, and trustful. She carried her sorrowful head as though she were proud of that sorrow, as though she would say, 'I - I alone know how to mourn for him as he deserves.'" (3.53)
Marlow sees the Intended as pure and "guileless," especially noting the honest expression of pain in her eyes. But is she really, or is this just, like, his opinion, man?