The Man Who Was Thursday

However, the honor shown by Syme and his compatriots, really lies within a sense of trust and keeping ones word. So despite his initial thought to turn them in, he bites his tongue and eventually is rewarded for his patience. So when the opportunity presents itself, Syme believes that it is in being loyal to his virtues he would have the: "pride in keeping his word. It was his last triumph over these lunatics to go down into their dark room and die for something that they could not even understand" (69-70). Here in this instance Syme is mistaken however as they actually do possess the ability to understand it. Despite their dislike for society and its rules, even the anarchists hold honor sacred. Lucian Gregory says to Syme "if, after all this, you were to break your word, God would make a hell only for you, to howl in for ever" (26). Despite their differences Gregory is quite adamant about Syme keeping his word and Syme proves he feels the same when he answers, "I shall not break my word . . . nor will you break yours" (26). In the end neither of them break their promises to each other. So even though the police and the anarchists in this time period are constantly battling back and forth, it is evident that there is sti



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