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you should . . . make up your mind to disappointment

Just at the point that we may have become overly preoccupied with Victor's own preoccupation with the image he cuts, we are brought back to the reality of why he is forced so carefully to hold up a mirror to his conduct. This stolid Swiss bureaucrat flattens four murders and the destruction of a prominent Genevan family into a matter of "disappointment" for Victor. It is little wonder that, after what he has suffered, he explodes in anger.