Heart of Darkness

How would you interpret his remarks? What literary device is used?

***PART TWO***

Marlow comments, “When you have to attend to things of that sort [looking for wood to fuel the boiler], to the mere incidents of the surface, the reality–the reality, I tell you–fades. The inner truth is hidden–luckily, luckily.” (Pgs. 35 - 36) How would you interpret his remarks? What literary device is used?

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Are you sure the literary device is in these lines?

I couldn't find one in these lines, but my teacher says there is one. So, I'm not exactly sure. Thanks for answering my questions by the way! :)

The literary device is a pun. It could also be magic realism or personification, but Conrad's reference to the surface is dominantly a pun.