At this point in the novel, I think that Equality no longer accepts the moral teachings of his society. Examples of this can be found by looking no further than the first page of the novel: Equality acknowledges that “It is a sin to write this… it is base and evil” (17). Even though he talks about knowing his state of “sin” and “evil,” he goes on to say, after describing all of the ways in which he has broken the laws, “there is no shame in us and no regret. We say to ourselves that we are a wretch and a traitor. But we feel no burden upon our spirit and no fear in our heart” (37). It is clear that although he talks about being bad like he accepts it, he really doesn’t think he is. Maybe he doesn’t have the language to talk about his true feelings, or maybe he just doesn’t care. After all, many of us in our own lives do things that we know are wrong, but we do them anyway because we don’t care about their “rightness” or “wrongness” to others.