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Identify a quote relating to Darwinism from Conrad's Heart of Darkness.

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Darwinism is the preeminent theory of biological evolution and was conceived and developed by English scientist Charles Darwin. The theory posits that every single species of organisms evolves through a process called natural selection, in which the specific traits and characteristics that are most adaptive for survival get passed down to the next generation. Through the pressures of selection, some species become extinct and other species change to prioritize those adaptive traits and thereby survive.

Heart of Darkness is a novella written by Joseph Conrad which tells the story Charles Marlow as he journeys up the Congo River during the era of Belgium's colonization of the Congo. A central theme of the novella is the comparison between Europe and Africa. Marlow initially considers Europe the height of culture and the Congo a region defined by comparative provincialism.

One quotation from the novella which related to Darwinism is:

His very existence was improbable, inexplicable, and altogether...

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