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In "Heart of Darkness" how does the helmsman die?

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As the helmsmanĀ steers Marlow's boat toward Kurtz's Inner Station, the crew isĀ attacked by natives on the riverbank. Marlow recounts how a spear "caught [the helmsman] in the side just below the ribs" and made a "frightful gash." Marlow is most concerned, however, about the fact that the helmsman's blood filled up his own shoes.

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