an aspect of conrads style is to cite the details and let an inner meaning emerge from the accumulated details.This is well depicted in his description of mallows approach to the outer station.
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There are rusted out machines like the train boiler and railcar lying in the grass. There is the steady decay of infrastructure along the river and at the posts. This tells us the Europeans have no wish to stay there beyond filling their pockets. THere is the constant death and decay of natives which the Europeans use and toss away.