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When Marlow first encounters the natives, he describes what he sees as follows:

They were dying slowly—it was very clear. They were not enemies, they were not criminals, they were nothing earthly now—nothing 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 air—and nearly as thin (section 1).

In this passage, what does the word "moribund" mean?

A

Unsavory

B

Frightening

C

Near death

D

Grotesque

E

Interesting

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