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"The horror! The horror!” explain the last Kurtz's words in Heart of Darkness
In many ways, Marlow's lie to Kurtz's Intended at the end of the novella is Marlow rejection of complete acceptance of Kurtz's worldview. Marlow refuses to believe that things are as bad as Kurtz believes them to be and his lie is a way to suppress those beliefs. His lie also protects Kurtz's fiance from knowing of the evil and terror that possessed him in his final days.
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