This quote appears at the start of
the last section of Part III of Heart of Darkness. Marlow just recovered from
his sickness and when he says he has “nothing to say” he is just realizing that
if he says anything it would be hard to explain However, Kurtz was “a
remarkable man” to create a definite something. Paradoxically, the making of “something”
is way too unclear. Marlow is very much aware of Kurtz’s intelligence and appreciation
of paradox, so he should also be aware that Kurtz’s classification of his
surroundings is nothing but a lie.
I like this quote because it shows
the creation of a legacy. Marlow will remember Kurtz’s words and memories
forever. By becoming a mystery, Kurtz has guaranteed his own immortality.