The General Manager's most trusted agent. A sly, lazy, power-hungry fellow who despite his title seems to have never made a brick, the Brickmaker cares only about his own advancement and therefore sees Kurtz as a threat. He also thinks that Marlow and Kurtz are somehow allied within the company. Marlow describes the Brickmaker as a "papier-mâché Mephistopheles."
The Brickmaker Quotes in Heart of Darkness
The Heart of Darkness quotes below are all either spoken by The Brickmaker or refer to The Brickmaker. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Dover Publications edition of Heart of Darkness published in 1990.).
Part 1 Quotes
I let him run on, this papier-mache Mephistopheles, and it seemed to me that if I tried I could poke my fore-finger through him, and would find nothing inside but a little loose dirt, maybe.
The Brickmaker Character Timeline in Heart of Darkness
The timeline below shows where the character The Brickmaker appears in Heart of Darkness. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.