When they wake up 8 miles from the station in "Heart of Darkness", what has happened?

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Eight miles from Kurtz's station, the Manager decides they will stay put for the evening. No sounds are heard. But when they wake up they hear "complaining clamor" with "savage discord" which fills the air. The attackers have evidently come in the middle of the night. Some men go to investigate the shore. As they hear a sound of flying arrows, the helmsman on the ship panics and does not steer properly. The crew fires rifles into the bushes. The helmsman is killed. Marlow throws his body overboard and, after a simple funeral, they continue their journey. Only later will Marlow discover that this attack was planned by Kurtz.

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