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When Marlow first notices the natives at the outer station, he is unclear how he feels about them. Highlight the phrase that BEST indicates the mixture of pity and revulsion that Marlow feels towards the natives.

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They were dying slowlyit was very clear. They were not enemies, they were not criminals, they were nothing earthly nownothing but black shadows of disease and starvation, lying confusedly in the greenish gloom. Brought from all the recesses of the coast in all the legality of time contracts, lost in uncongenial surroundings, fed on unfamiliar food, they sickened, became inefficient, and were then allowed to crawl away and rest. These moribund shapes were free as airand nearly as thin. I began to distinguish the gleam of the eyes under the trees. Then, glancing down, I saw a face near my hand. The black bones reclined at full length with one shoulder against the tree, and slowly the eyelids rose and the sunken eyes looked up at me, enormous and vacant, a kind of blind, white flicker in the depths of the orbs, which died out slowly. The man seemed youngalmost a boybut you know with them its hard to tell. I found nothing else to do but to offer him one of my good Swedes ships biscuits I had in my pocket. The fingers closed slowly on it and heldthere was no other movement and no other glance. He had tied a bit of white worsted round his neckWhy? Where did he get it? Was it a badgean ornamenta charma propitiatory act? Was there any idea at all connected with it? It looked startling round his black neck, this bit of white thread from beyond the seas.
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