Joseph Conrad quote about understanding from Heart of Darkness - He has to live in the midst of the incomprehensible, which is also detestable. And it has a fascination, too, that goes to work upon him.
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He has to live in the midst of the incomprehensible, which is also detestable. And it has a fascination, too, that goes to work upon him.
 Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness (1899). copy citation

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Author Joseph Conrad
Source Heart of Darkness
Topic understanding meaning fascination
Date 1899
Language English
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Weblink http://www.gutenberg.org/files/219/219-h/219-h.htm

Context

“Land in a swamp, march through the woods, and in some inland post feel the savagery, the utter savagery, had closed round him—all that mysterious life of the wilderness that stirs in the forest, in the jungles, in the hearts of wild men. There's no initiation either into such mysteries. He has to live in the midst of the incomprehensible, which is also detestable. And it has a fascination, too, that goes to work upon him. The fascination of the abomination—you know, imagine the growing regrets, the longing to escape, the powerless disgust, the surrender, the hate.»
He paused.
«Mind,» he began again, lifting one arm from the elbow, the palm of the hand outwards, so that, with his legs folded before him, he had the pose of a Buddha preaching in European clothes and without a lotus-flower—«Mind, none of us would feel exactly like this.” source

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