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I wished to say something in my own justification; but in attempting to speak, I felt my voice falter; and rather than testify any emotion, or suffer the tears to overflow that were already gathering in my eyes, I chose to keep silence, and bear all like a self-convicted culprit.
The self-aware and self-convicted Dysart is situated in a position where he can strike out only at himself, moving him, it would seem, from hell's vestibule to some hotter and deeper place, not in some afterlife, but in late twentieth-century Britain.