Heart of Darkness

As they begin their return, and "the brown current ran swiftly out of the heart of darkness," what is happening to Kurtz?

Part 3

When I initially read it I thought it was supposed to be blood, but Kurtz doesn't die until later...

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I see what you mean. The pilgrims were shooting natives from the boat for sport. Marlow tries to scare them away with the boat horn. Still a few get shot. The brown current could be alluding to their blood.