a short novel (1902) by Joseph Conrad.
(1902) A short novel by Joseph Conrad. It concerns a seafarer, Marlow, who is sent to the interior of Africa in search of a “mad adventurer” named Kurtz. The book’s title refers both to the location of the story and to the evil and darkness in people’s hearts.
Note: Francis Ford Coppola based his 1979 film Apocalypse Now on a version of Conrad’s story set during the Vietnam War. He released a newly edited version, Apocalypse Now Redux, in 2001.
- Heart of gold
A very kind and good nature, as in Bill is very generous; he has a heart of gold. This expression alludes to gold in the sense of “something valued for its goodness.” [ Late 1500s ]
noun 1. the stripped terminal bud of a cabbage palm, especially of the genus Euterpe, eaten in salads or as a vegetable.
- Heart of stone
A very cold and unfeeling nature, as in You’ll get no sympathy from her; she has a heart of stone. This idea dates from ancient times and in English appeared in the Bible (Job 41:24). [ Early 1600s ]
- Heart of the matter
see: crux of the matter
noun, Heraldry. 1. . noun, Heraldry. 1. the central point of an escutcheon.