I sat in my armchair and imagined my own beasthood
. I might rise to the sky as a bird, given the choice, feeling air currents lifting me from the ground, refreshed in the goodness of the great, holy sun.
Others have to earn their beasthood
with some combination of experience, intellect, independence and character.
There is no way for him to circumvent the idea that his men have reverted to beasthood
, and were beasts all along; he, and everything he represents, can only stand at the periphery and watch this "wave" of brutal fact welling up from the center.