Heart of Darkness

how do you suppose these observations relate to this novels main topic africa?

marrow makes some observations about the roman conquest of britain

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Much like the Belgians, Marlow thinks the Roman who ventured into the wilds of Britain wanted quick money, promotion or to fix some kind of debt,

"Or think of a decent young citizen in a toga—perhaps too much dice, you know—coming out here in the train of some prefect, or tax-gatherer, or trader even, to mend his fortunes..."

THe Romans had once thought of Britain (dark place of savagery) as the Belgians now think of most of Africa.