felt not as I did, such deep and bitter agony

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felt not as I did, such deep and bitter agony

As earlier at the trial (I:7:11), Victor's egocentricity impels him to assert his prior claim as sufferer, even as he stands in the presence of the condemned innocent. His grounds seem to be that Justine, although surely a victim of injustice, has the integrity of her innocence to depend upon, whereas he, although powerless to alter the verdict, knows the grounds of its falsehood and stands morally self-perjured and divided.