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