"Almighty God, what is this that I am about to do! The hour of repentance is past, and now my fate is inevitable"

Though suicide is now the only route out for Robert, the ultimate fate of his soul is far from clear and the lines leading up to this ejaculation are riddled with hints suggesting either alternative. His  litany of ‘farewells’ echo the conventional ending of Covenanters' accounts of martyrdom, such as are to be found in A Cloud of Witnesses (see note for p. 153). From this we might suppose that he sees himself ascending heavenwards after them. On the other hand, his lamentations here parallel those of Faustus as he faces up to the full implications of his demonic pact: “Let this hour be but a year, a month, a week, a natural day, that Faustus may repent and save his soul!” And what are we to make of Gil-Martin's expression of "horrid despair"? Is this the desperation of someone who is being cheated of their ends, or is that, being damned himself, his imperative to doom others merely confirms him in his eternal misery? As ever, Hogg tauntingly witholds this knowledge from us.