Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

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In Heart of Darkness, what is significant about the way that Marlow starts his story?

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Marlow 's contemplative beginning to his story relates his impression of the Romans who may have colonized British shores many hundreds of years before. He explains that even civilized England was once a dark and mysterious place, cold and wet and foreign to the invaders who were tasked with conquering its shores. His reference is to set up his own story, about how "civilized" English citizens such as himself...

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