Pyle said, 'It's awful.' He looked at the wet on his shoes and said in a sick voice, 'What's that?'
'Blood,' I said. 'Haven't you ever seen it before?'
He said, 'I must get them cleaned before I see the Minister.'
I forced him, with my hand on his shoulder, to look around.
'I was out of town,' he said, looking down at his shoes. They should have called it off.'( 126.96.36.199-9, 40, 45)
Fowler hopes this moment of shock will allow Pyle to feel regret, lose his innocence, and realize the error of his enterprise. No luck. Even when faced with concrete ruin, Pyle can't come down to earth. His ideas are a prison with no windows.