The carnage of the Congo was not inward. But Kurtz's words either were
or were understood to be by Marlow. I am doubtful that they are written as
Kurz's realization of the devastation of a continent rather than his
recognition of his own soul--though that devastation is depicted by Marlow
on his journey.
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From: Carrol Cox <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: TWL epigraph (the thread about TWL, not capitalism)
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> In other words, TSE initially had decided to use a quite inward-looking
> quote from Conrad ("The Horror! The Horror!"),
"Inward-looking"? Perhaps, but the carnage in the Congo was such that
"The Horror" is a violent understatement, and not inward looking at all.
Classical allusions, however, carry a tone of "it's all happened before,
nothing is new."