What is the difference between "Because I do not hope to turn" and "Although I do not hope to turn"?
The first implies that because the speaker cannot change, he cannot have complete faith. It's spoken in hesitation, in uncertainty. The second, by contrast, understands that faith is just that: it comes to the speaker as he is, and washes over him even though he can never be anything other than he is. A person of faith is made so simply by their complete belief, in whatever form it might come.
Why is the speaker on the staircase in Part III?
Some students may see him as moving away from Hell, as moving away from some sort of life of sin. The "devil of the stairs"...
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