In The Wall by Jean-Paul Sartre, why does Pablo refuse to turn in Ramon Gris?
Pablo's feelings about Gris change during the course of his time in the cell, waiting for the soldiers to execute him against the wall. The knowledge that he will inevitably die, however, slowly changes the way he feels about Gris, as well as how he feels about his own life and life in general.
In the beginning, Pablo expresses how he, presumably, might have felt more sympathy for someone like Ramon Gris had he been in the same cell as Pablo, Tom, and Juan. He says,
Fundamentally, I hadn't much sympathy for Tom and I didn't see why, under the pretext of dying together, I should have any more. It would have been different with some others. With Ramon Gris, for example. But I felt alone between Tom and Juan. I liked that better, anyhow: with Ramon I might have been more deeply moved. But I was terribly hard just then and I wanted to stay hard.
At this point, he rationalizes the fact that he doesn't feel much sympathy for Tom not by saying that he can't feel sympathy for people at all, but...
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