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Describe the harlequin in Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad.

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A harlequin is a clownish figure dressed in colorful patchwork clothing, and that is how the man known as the Russian dresses--thus his nickname in Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad.

The Russian is young, twenty-five years old, and he looks even younger, as he is blond and without a beard. 

His clothes had been made of some stuff that was brown holland probably, but it was covered with patches all over, with bright patches, blue, red, and yellow—patches on the back, patches on the front, patches on elbows, on knees; coloured binding around his jacket, scarlet edging at the bottom of his trousers; and the sunshine...

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