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    Do themselves justice

    Hi,

    Can somebody help me with the bold text?

    Horne and Burton broke into a shrill twittering and rumbling of protest. His mind is gone, was the burden of their swan-song. The old man smiled, like a God smiling at his puppets. Their plaint turned to denunciation.
    John Bird aroused himself. "You must leave the house," said he. With barely a push they complied; they were too astounded to do themselves justice.
    The dying man beckoned his son. "Your life must have been a hell," said he, "and I made it so. But it was blindness and not unkindness, Jack." His son had not heard "Jack" for thirty years. He fell on his knees beside his father, and burst into strong sobs. Those thirty years of strife and wrong and misunderstanding came back, single, and in battalions, too!

    Aleister Crowley, The Death Bed Repentance, 1918

    Thanks a lot.

    P.S. I have come across the idiom several times and also looked up what it means but, still, I have got problem to understand it ... (It is one of my English language nightmares)
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    Re: Do themselves justice

    • do oneself justice ⇒ to make full use of one's abilities
    (Collins)

    Does that make it clear?

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    Re: Do themselves justice

    Yes, now I get it. Thank you.
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