No Exit Suffering Quotes
How we cite our quotes:
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.
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?
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.