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No Exit

No Exit

by Jean-Paul Sartre

Suffering Quotes

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Quote #7

INEZ: [singing]:
What a crowd in Whitefriars Lane!
[…]
Come, good folks, to Whitefriars Lane,
Come to see the merry show!
The headsman rose at the crack of dawn,
He’d a long day’s work at hand,
Chopping heads off generals,
Priests and peers and admirals (209)

It’s probably not an accident that Inez sings a song about public executions (and how much fun they are to watch). Yet another hint that we’re dealing with a sadist here.

Quote #8

ESTELLE: Oh, how I loathe you! [She sobs tearlessly]
GARCIN: Nothing doing. Tears don't flow in this place. (338-9)

How is the inability to shed tears another form of torture?

Quote #9

GARCIN: Well, I, anyhow, can feel sorry for you, too. Look at me, we're naked, naked right through, and I can see into your heart. That's one link between us. Do you think I'd want to hurt you? I don't regret anything, I'm dried up, too. But for you I can still feel pity. (369)

Garcin thinks compassion – or "human feeling" as he calls it – is what he and the others share – the common ground between them. In fact, No Exit shows that the need to torment others is what they share.

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