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In section 3, the natives take Kurtz out of his cabin on a stretcher, and Marlow describes what he sees

I saw him open his mouth wide- it gave him a weirdly voracious aspect, as though he wanted to swallow the air, all the earth, all the men before him.

What can be inferred about Kurtz's mental and physical state here?


Kurtz is greedy. Even in death, he wishes to take in and control all that is around him.


Kurtz is struggling to breathe and his gulping for air shows that he is not ready to die.


Kurtz is yelling at the natives who carry him. He is not ready to give up his power over them.


Kurtz does not understand why the natives have removed him from his sick bed. He is wavering from a conflicted sense of responsibility.


Kurtz no longer realizes where he is, so he is babbling incoherently as he tries to "escape" his situation.

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