CLOV (fixed gaze, tonelessly)
Finished, it's finished, nearly finished, it must be nearly finished.
Grain upon grain, one by one, suddenly there's a heap, a little heap, the impossible heap.
I can't be punished any more. (1.1)
Why does Clov begin by saying that things are "finishes" and then qualify by saying that things are "nearly finished" and then qualify again by saying that things "must be nearly finished"? How much more uncertainty is there at the end of this sentence than at the beginning? Is there any hope in the play after these first few lines?