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Instead of accepting the vitality of limitation which Binx had discovered in the dirt in Korea, Lancelot, thrown into a darker pit by his discovery of betrayal, chooses to take the route of "the Gnostic impatience with human limitations which can [and does in Lance's case] convert into a hubristic denial of one's own limitations."
As John Desmond has pointed out, Lance contradicts himself in, once having admitted an irreducible mystery, proceeding to "collapse metaphysical mystery into empirical categories." Epistemologically, Lance is thus beset by a typical Gnostic dilemma. He instinctively rejects a purely materialistic categorization of the human self, yet he also abhors the possibility that he may participate in a mystery that is beyond his comprehension.