While traveling farther into the center of the Congo, Marlow describes the landscape as "Paths, paths, everywhere: a stamped network of paths spreading over the empty land, through long grass, through burnt grass, through thickets, down and up chilly ravines, up and down stony hills ablaze with heat; and a solitude, no body, not a hut" (p. 28) This description provides an interesting contrast to the beliefs of Marlow's Aunt. While she believed that Europeans should travel to Africa to create civilizations and show the Africans how they should be living, the Europeans had been doing completely the opposite. They had destroyed the villages and vitality of the Congo and only left paths. These paths not only reflect the only evidence that someone had once lived there but also the fact that the Europeans had affectively made thier mark on the land. The paths are described as being "stamped in", as if they were inefficiently, lazily, and carelessly created. The paths reflect all of the Europeans actions on the Congo. It is all inefficent and careless, with the only notion of gaining money or power.