The bargain might appear unequal; but there was still another consideration in the scales; for while Jekyll would suffer smartingly
in the fires of abstinence, Hyde would not be even conscious of all that he had lost.
His attempts to wean himself off the drug, only 'to suffer smartingly
in the fires of abstinence', are unsuccessful (Stevenson, 83, 89).
When he wakes up, he becomes aware of "mother's" absence and of his parents' lovemaking (a "primal scene" in Freudian terms), and, at "mother's" return, he smartingly
complains about her desertion.
It is not simply that these are princes so important that none can call their power to account, as Lodovico smartingly
suggests at the start of the play: `I wonder then some great men scape | This banishment' (I.
12) He testifies to Luther's tradition by preaching "what I felt, what I smartingly
did feel" (GA, 276).