A wanderer and trader who wears a multi-colored patched jacket that makes him look like a harlequin (a jester). Through some miraculous stroke of luck, he has ended up alone in the jungle along the Congo and survived. He is naïve and innocent and believes Kurtz is a great man beyond any conventional morality. He even nursed Kurtz back to health on a number of occasions though Kurtz once threatened to shoot him. Of all the white men in the Congo, only the Russian refrains from trying to assert control over the jungle.
The Russian Trader Quotes in Heart of Darkness
The Heart of Darkness quotes below are all either spoken by The Russian Trader or refer to The Russian Trader. 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 numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Dover Publications edition of Heart of Darkness published in 1990.).
The Russian Trader Character Timeline in Heart of Darkness
The timeline below shows where the character The Russian Trader appears in Heart of Darkness. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...on board and speaks with Marlow. The man explains that he's a twenty-five year old Russian sailor who deserted and through a series of adventures working for various colonial powers ended... (full context)