What is Crane saying in this passage of "The Open Boat"? "When it occurs to a man that nature does not regard him as important, and that she feels she would not maim the universe by disposing of him,...

What is Crane saying in this passage of "The Open Boat"?

"When it occurs to a man that nature does not regard him as important, and that she feels she would not maim the universe by disposing of him, he at first wishes to throw bricks at the temple, and he hates deeply the fact that there are no bricks and no temples. Any visible expression of nature would surely be pelleted with his jeers.
      Then, if there be no tangible thing to hoot he feels, perhaps, the desire to confront a personification and indulge in pleas, bowed to one knee, and with hands supplicant, saying: 'Yes, but I love myself.'"

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The context of this quote is that the characters of the story have been in a dinghy for several days. They are close to land, but they are unable to get inshore. Essentially, they are beginning to confront (at least internally)...

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