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felt . . . other sufferings.

The context, as earlier in the chapter (3.3.3), here once again brings to mind the circumstances of Coleridge's "Rime of the Ancient Mariner," lines 119ff., which is associated in the novel both with a transgressive voyaging (see Letter 2 and note) and with a fear of retribution for tampering recklessly with life (1.4.4).