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Marlow describes the initial meeting of Kurtz and the Russian trader with the following metaphor:

They had come together unavoidably, like two ships becalmed near each other, and lay rubbing sides at last (Ch. 3).

In this context, what does "becalmed" mean, and what does the fact that these men are described as "becalmed" imply about their characters?

A

Becalmed means "at war," and Conrad uses the metaphor to show that the Kurtz and the Russian trader are constantly embattled over the division of the ivory.

B

Becalmed means "anchored," and Conrad uses the metaphor to show that Kurtz has complete control over the Russian.

C

Becalmed means "grounded," and Conrad uses the metaphor to show that the two men have reached a stalemate.

D

Becalmed means "unable to move," and Conrad uses the metaphor to show that both men are static characters who will not change.

E

Becalmed means "docked," and Conrad uses this word to demonstrate that the two men are both docked in their own points of view and will not move again for a long time.

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