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Marlow explains what occurred after his return to London to the men aboard The Nellie. Marlow admits that he had "laid the ghost of [Kurtz'] gifts at last with a lie."
What is this lie?
He tell Kurtz's mother that he dies praising his upbringing.
He tells Marlow's Intended that his last word was her name.
He tells the company that Kurtz died trying to protect his reputation.
He tells Kurtz's intended that he had a picture of her by his bed in the wilderness.
He tells Kurtz's boss that he always intended to return to the continent.