If one reads back from this point into the previous paragraph, it is
evident that Victor has attempted in some sense to change the subject.
His first vocative, set in the past tense of his return to his native
land, is fraught with excess, even deranged, emotion. Victor quickly
displaces it with a new, contemporary, seemingly spontaneous effusion
that, being conventionally patriotic, has the virtue of concealing the
all-too bared soul of his past self and repressing its neurotic symptoms.
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