by Jean-Paul Sartre
No Exit Suffering Quotes
How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Line). Every time a character talks counts as one line, even if what they say turns into a long monologue. We used the translation by S. Gilbert found in No Exit and Three Other Plays, published by Vintage International in 1989.
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?
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."