Heart of Darkness

p. 10, What are some different things we might conceive to exist at the "center of the earth?" In what sense does this sentence turn out to be appropriate?

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I think Marlow is apprehensive about this trip. It is unlike any other he had ever taken,

The best way I can explain it to you is by saying that, for a second or two, I felt as though, instead of going to the centre of a continent, I were about to set off for the centre of the earth."

The centre of the earth brings to mind a heat oppressed sort of Hell, a Dante-like vision of devils torturing the meek and sick. This isn't unlike the heat and white devil's he will encounter in the Congo.