Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

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What does Marlow's lie to Kurtz' widow at the end of Heart of Darkness mean?

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The woman in question is not Kurtz's widow but his fiancee. The text refers to her as Kurtz's "intended." She has always lived a sheltered and genteel life and has no conception of what Kurtz was going through in the Congo. She asks Marlow what Kurtz's last words were, and he tells her a white lie in order to comfort her. He says the last words spoken by Kurtz were her name....

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