However, both tortured characters too often stare ruminatively
off into the middle distance, making it difficult for auds to sympathize with their plight.
In fact what we read in the modality of that ruminatively
extended phrase, "the strange mixture which might have been called the soul of the returned Peyrol," is a dry refusal of transcendental vision accommodating an acknowledgment of human regions too obscure easily to illuminate in words, a configuration that Conrad builds into the narrative structure, plot, and even the setting of the novel.
Barlow, when asked what's next, declares, "We want to have an impact." And he adds, ruminatively
, "It'd also be nice to pay the actors."