The Heart of Darkness

“The sun set; the dusk fell on the stream, and lights began to appear along the shore. The Chapman lighthouse, a three-legged thing erect on a mud-flat, shone strongly. Lights of ships moved in the fairway — a great stir of lights going up and going down. And farther west on the upper reaches the place of the monstrous town was still marked ominously on the sky, a brooding gloom in sunshine, a lurid glare under the stars.” (37)

Conrad, Joseph. Heart of Darkness and Selected Short Fiction. New York: Barnes and Noble, 2003. Print. 

Conrad is dedicated to the practice of vivid description. In any given sentence, the subject is being decorated with immense detail. Contrary to theorists in the aestheticism camp, this style is a strong invocation of “real” life.