"Wherever you are, there must my presence be with you"

There are strong parallels between this exchange and that which takes place between Faustus and Mephistopheles in Marlowe’s The Tragicall History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus (1616). When Faustus questions him about the limits of hell, the demon replies: “Hell hath no limits, nor is circumscrib'd In one self-place; but where we are is hell, And where hell is, there must we ever be.”

Perhaps we also feel a little sympathy for the devil at this point, for there is an emerging sense that Gil-Martin's eternal role as tormenter of the damned is as miserably suffocating for him as it is for his victim.