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When Marlow realizes Kurtz has left his sickbed, he encounters him in the forest. Marlow places himself between Kurtz and "some sorcerer, some witch man"(Section 3).
What is implied through this placement of characters?
Marlow is being drawn to the wilderness as he loses hold of a more civilized society.
Marlow realizes that Kurtz is too weak to continue his journey so he places himself before Kurtz's final destination to make him return to his sickbed.
Marlow wants to reach the "witch man" first, so he can confront him about Kurtz's downfall.
Marlow figuratively stands between Kurtz and total depravity.
Marlow wants to get to a position where he can watch Kurtz's interaction with the witch man and make a judgement on Kurtz's mental state.