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"He shrugged and lowered the gun. He stood tapping it against the palm of his left hand. People always speak of a black death or a red death, he thought; yours, Gail Wynand, will be a gray death. Why hasn't anyone ever said that this is the ultimate horror? Not screams, please or convulsions. Not the indifference of a clean emptiness, disinfected by the fire of some great disaster."


I'm wondering about the emboldened passage. Does it imply that one would be serene about his impending death if it were about to happen as the consequence of some catastrophe completely beyond his control?

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