"some other feeling perhaps"

In a letter to David S. Meldrum, house reader at Blackwood’s Magazine, Conrad claimed Heart of Darkness offered ‘A mere shadow of love interest just in the last pages.

The significance of this episode is difficult to ascertain, but it may anticipate the role played by an older Marlow in Chance where, according to Cedric Watts, the romance motif ‘reaches its ironic conclusion in the closing pages ... when Marlow, an ageing bachelor, successfully acts as matchmaker for a younger seafarer and a widow.’