| Quote #4
ESTELLE: You looked so – so far away. Sorry I disturbed you.
What exactly is Garcin hoping to accomplish with all this solitary time?
| Quote #5
ESTELLE: Are my lips all right?
Garcin is "no one" for Estelle because, at the moment, he has his head buried in his hands. He’s not looking at her, so in her mind, he doesn’t count.
| Quote #6
INEZ: When I say I'm cruel, I mean I can't get on without making people suffer. Like a live coal. A live coal in others' hearts. When I'm alone I flicker out. (299)
The characters are as much tormented by their need for company as they are tormented by the company itself. There is a tension between wanting to take another’s subjectivity and freedom from them, and being afraid to lose your own freedom and subjectivity by exposing yourself.