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    The world should know ...

    Hello,

    In the text, the character, picturing the horrible death of his friend in a firing-chamber, says "the world should know—it never, never will!" which I do not understand because later on they find his charred body so the world will know what happened to him. Can anybody help me to understand?

    Over and over he pictured it. The hideous leap of terror as the doors slid to. The few seconds of stunned incredulity—‘but it can’t happen to me, it can’t, it can’t!’ The delirium of panic and the yellings, poundings with bleeding knuckles. The gradual discomfort, realized with who could say what mental agony as but the merest prelude to the hell to follow. The singeing, smoking clothes, starting out here and there into a racing tracery of sparks; the bursting ecstasy—so long as thought remained—of an intolerable self-pity (the world should know—it never, never will!); then, finally, the peeling, charring flesh, the dying screams, the scrabbling of a grotesque, blind, no long human thing against now almost red-hot steel.

    John Metcalfe, The Firing Chamber, 193?

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    Re: The world should know ...

    The dash replaces ​but.
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    Re: The world should know ...

    So does it mean the world should know the self-pity the dying guy felt but it never will know it?
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    Re: The world should know ...

    Yes, that's how I understand it.
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    Re: The world should know ...

    Would the poor victim have known that his charred remains would be found, or might he have felt that no one would ever know of his suffering?

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    Re: The world should know ...

    Yes, he knew they would find him. The incident happened in a factory in a night shift.
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