Joseph Conrad quote about freedom from Heart of Darkness - We are accustomed to look upon the shackled form of a conquered monster, but there—there you could look at a thing monstrous and free.
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We are accustomed to look upon the shackled form of a conquered monster, but there—there you could look at a thing monstrous and free.
 Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness (1899). copy citation

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Author Joseph Conrad
Source Heart of Darkness
Topic freedom monster
Date 1899
Language English
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“We could not understand because we were too far and could not remember because we were travelling in the night of first ages, of those ages that are gone, leaving hardly a sign—and no memories.
«The earth seemed unearthly. We are accustomed to look upon the shackled form of a conquered monster, but there—there you could look at a thing monstrous and free. It was unearthly, and the men were—No, they were not inhuman. Well, you know, that was the worst of it—this suspicion of their not being inhuman. It would come slowly to one. They howled and leaped, and spun, and made horrid faces; but what thrilled you was just the thought of their humanity—like yours—the thought of your remote kinship with this wild and passionate uproar.” source

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