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Quote #10

There I'll be, in the old shelter, alone against the silence and…
(he hesitates)
…the stillness. If I can hold my peace, and sit quiet, it will be all over with sound, and motion, all over and done with.
I'll have called my father and I'll have called my…
(he hesitates)
…my son. And even twice, or three times, in case they shouldn't have heard me, the first time, or the second. (1.688)

There's a key word here: "son." What does this word choice say about how Hamm views Clov? If he really thinks of him as a son, why does he treat him this way? There's another key word here: "against." Why does he think of himself as being against the silence rather than a part of it?

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