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No Exit

No Exit

by Jean-Paul Sartre

Suffering Quotes

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Quote #1

GARCIN: Well, well, I dare say one gets used to it in time. (5)

This is one of Garcin’s first lines of dialogue. Given his last line in the play, "Well, well, let’s get on with it," does it seem like he has "gotten used" to the status quo here in hell?

Quote #2

INEZ: I know. And you're another trap. Do you think they haven't foreknown every word you say? And of course there's a whole nest of pitfalls that we can't see. Everything here's a booby-trap. (366)

Inez and the others are tormented by their suspicions (of each other, of the bureaucratic management) as much as anything else. This is what Garcin means when he calls their hell an "agony of the mind."

Quote #3

GARCIN: There's no more hope – but it's still "before." We haven't yet begun to suffer. (90)

If Garcin correct? If so, at what point in the play do they begin to suffer?

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