1 "I laid the ghost of his gifts at last with a lie," he began suddenly.
2 I would not have gone so far as to fight for Kurtz, but I went for him near enough to a lie.
3 I looked at him as you peer down at a man who is lying at the bottom of a precipice where the sun never shines.
4 The yarns of seamen have a direct simplicity, the whole meaning of which lies within the shell of a cracked nut.
5 He was lying on his back with closed eyes, and I withdrew quietly, but I heard him mutter, 'Live rightly, die, die.'
6 I was broad awake by this time, but, lying perfectly at ease, remained still, having no inducement to change my position.
7 It turned aside for the bowlders, and also for an undersized railway-truck lying there on its back with its wheels in the air.
8 You know I hate, detest, and can't bear a lie, not because I am straighter than the rest of us, but simply because it appalls me.
9 Now and then a carrier dead in harness, at rest in the long grass near the path, with an empty water-gourd and his long staff lying by his side.
10 I know that the sunlight can be made to lie too, yet one felt that no manipulation of light and pose could have conveyed the delicate shade of truthfulness upon those features.
11 But both the diabolic love and the unearthly hate of the mysteries it had penetrated fought for the possession of that soul satiated with primitive emotions, avid of lying fame, of sham distinction, of all the appearances of success and power.
12 In the steady buzz of flies the homeward-bound agent was lying flushed and insensible; the other, bent over his books, was making correct entries of perfectly correct transactions; and fifty feet below the doorstep I could see the still tree-tops of the grove of death.