The heir of two centuries of unatoned
insult and outrage looked down on him and seemed to drink in deep draughts of satisfaction.
The films ends with the intertitle: "THE DEATHS OF 1500 PEOPLE REMAIN UNATONED
FOR--AN ETERNAL CONDEMNATION OF ENGLAND'S QUEST FOR PROFIT
11) In exemplifying the twin perversions of violent hatred and passive submission linked to this unatoned
guilt, Claire and Caledu both become sympathetic, if tragic, symbols of the Haitian mimetic crisis.
Yet while the subjective narrator appears to sympathize with Edna's plight, she is unable finally to let Edna's departure from "les convenances" go unatoned
, instead imposing the cautionary ultimate sacrifice for such and illustrating finally that few of "us" may emerge unscathed.
For example, former American diplomat Joseph Montville argues that the use of the "metaphor of a gaping, unhealed wound could not be more apt for understanding the depth of pain, fear, and hatred a history of unatoned
violence creates in a victimized people" (Montville 1993: 112-113; emphasis in original).
James Anaya, Native Land Claims in the United States: The Unatoned
for Spirit of Place, in The Cambridge Lectures, 1991, at 25 (Frank McArdle ed.