A clean, well-lighted place holds at bay the "nada" that he perceives in life: "What did he fear? It was not fear or dread. It was a noting that he knew too well. It was all a nothing and a man was nothing too." "Nothingness" or "nada," which he repeats over ten times, goes beyond loneliness, consisting of a sense of meaningless in the universe akin to existential angst--a sense that there is no reason for anything,that there is no purpose or meaning to life. Loneliness is the immediate cause of this, perhaps, and certainly living in the "light" would mitigate the discomfort of being in the "dark," where one in fact can see nothing.