During class the other day when we analyzed the picture that was described by Marlow, as a drawing done by Kurtz, I did not realize how large of a role the women had in the novel. Although it is subtle, the few occasions that women are present, they are being used as a means of displaying the ignorance that the public has to what is really occurring in the Congo. It was interesting that the women had a blindfold, and yet looked confident. This could mean that she may feel comfortable trusting in the unknown, which is what most of society has done to this point. Most people do not know the details of what the Europeans are doing in the Congo, however most assume that is has to be for good, when this is not the case. Another fascinating character is Kurtz's fiance. Throughout the beginning of the novel Kurtz is displayed as a mysterious, yet powerful role in the novel, and when Marlow begins discussing Kurtz's fiance the reading began to sound to me, as if this was the part in Kurtz's life that he was the most self conscious about. It was the one part that was not guranteed to him. I look forward to see if women are mentioned or used anymore in the conclusion of the novel, and in which way Conrad intends to do so.