Marlow leaves the Inner Station to bring Kurtz back home to be treated by a doctor. The dying Kurtz gives Marlow his personal papers and asks him to uphold his image.
The last words that leave Kurtz's mouth are, "The horror! The horror!" Later, one of the natives aboard the steamer comes to tell Marlow that Kurtz is dead.
Marlow meets Kurtz's fiancée and gives her Kurtz's personal papers. She asks what his final words were, but Marlow lies to spare her the dark truth and says that Kurtz called out her name with his last breath.