In section 2, Marlow says, "I laid the ghost of his gifts at last with a lie." What is this lie, and why does he tell it?
Marlow tells the Intended that Kurtz was faithful to her. He tell her this because he can't not shatter her idealistic image of Kurtz.
Marlow tells his aunt that he was able to reach Kurtz and to save him from destruction. He tells her this because he does not want her to think she wasted the favor of getting him hired with the company.
He tells the Intended that Kurtz's last words were her name. He tells her this because he does not want her to lose faith in the man she was mourning.
He tells the company officials that Kurtz maintained the best interest of the company in his quest for ivory. He tells them this because he does not want to let the company know how depraved Kurtz had become.
He tells his aunt that he will never captain a ship again. He tells her this because she is concerned about his ill health when he returns.