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Shelley thus assays various notions of literary and temporal continuity to show that humankind's fate, despite history's myriad nightmares, is never foreordained; accordingly, her Last Man is less a doomful prediction of imperial decay than a prophecy of hope justified by the regenerative power of the human imagination.
I was wrong; the deeper I became engulfed in doomful ecstasy with the trademark Sabbathian worship, the closer to the end I felt.