Marlow has wanted to visit the Congo since he was young, so he decides that he is actually going to go. With help from his aunt he is able to get a steamship that he will take to the coast of Africa near the Congo.
After he arrives at a station in Africa which is his first stop on his journey to the Congo. But, when he gets there he can't go any farther because his ship broke down and he had to wait at the station for a few days until the ship was fixed.
Marlow is still waiting at the station when he meets an accountant who gives Marlow his first description of Mr. Kurtz and Marlow can't wait to leave the sttion and meet him.