The image, in which the light is seen to emanate from the Great Isabel itself,
enhances the unified symbol of island, silver and lighthouse. The Great Isabel
is the individual, isolated in the "gulf" of subjectivity (and here
shown to be "black" in the eyes of cynicism), broadcasting through the
societal artifice of the lighthouse the communication of its true nature, which
nevertheless goes unseen, because the silver is now hidden from all living knowledge.
The whole is situated in the darkness and "under the canopy of clouds,"
signifying the world of blind subjectivity and illusory idealism, and it seems
unlikely that the treasure of man's true worth will ever be found. But we may
recall Nostromo's words upon its burial: "Time is on its side, señor.
And silver is an incorruptible metal that can be trusted to keep its value for