What she and I had virtually said to each other was that pretexts were useless now. "Infernal, then!" I almost cheerfully rejoined. He strove to forget them in an act of prayer, huddling his limbs closer together and binding down his eyelids: but the senses of his soul would not be bound and, though his eyes were shut fast, he saw the places where he had sinned and, though his ears were tightly covered, he heard. We must face a condition of grim reality, charge off our losses and start afresh.