“You remember the harbor. There were plenty of nice things floating around in it. That was the only time in my life I got so I dreamed about things. You didn’t mind the women who were having babies as you did those with the dead ones. They had them all right. Surprising how few of them died. You just covered them over with something and let them go to it.” (12).
Hemingway Ernest. In Our Time. New York. Scribner Paperback Fiction. 1958. p. 12
In this passage, the unidentified narrator identifies the readers as you by placing them into this image of the harbor and makes them think about the women who were having babies and it seems like the narrator wants the readers to be placed in he or she’s shoes in order to see what kind of life they were living back then, but it also gives us a sense of asking who is you I mean is it the audience he is referring it to or is it someone else an unidentified person that the narrator is directing this passage to and it gives a sense of ambiguity.
“The brown current ran swiftly out of the heart of darkness, bearing us down towards the sea with twice the speed of our upward progress; and Kurtz’s life was running swiftly too, ebbing, ebbing out his heart into the sea of inexorable time….I saw the time approaching when I would be left alone of the party of ‘unsounded method'” (52).
Conrad, James. Heart of Darkness. The Project of Gutenberg Ebook. 9. Jan. 2006. http://www.gutenberg.org/cache/epub/526/pg526.html
This scene gives the readers the image of the river and how the heart of darkness enters through. Marlowe and Kurtz are able to get away from the darkness that has permanently marked them. Kurtz has been driven into this madness by this darkness and Marlowe is scarred by being apart of Kurtz’s party. The brown current brings them back into the right civilization-the civilization they knew and grew up with. The river separates Marlowe from the African civilization since it’s inside the heart of the land where the darkness resides and unsounded.