The main characters of the short story “An Outpost of Progress” by Joseph Conrad are Kayerts and Carlier, two Europeans who are assigned to oversee a remote African trading station, during colonial times. Another important character is Makola, who calls himself James Price. He is an African man who oversees ten workers employed at the trading station. The three men learn to live with each other, but Kayerts and Carlier end up the victims of isolation and loneliness.

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