Basically, we see from the outset that Le Fanu's women are agents of transmission (and thus often get into the frames of his tales) while his male protagonists are solipsists
, so that the motif of the Faustian Pact is twisted away and corrupted ('devoye') from its former (German or Elizabethan) tragic literary context; it becomes an alibi for something else that is going on in these texts and this is really a story of 'desire' in the writing which houses itself (in the case of males) in narratives of violent and frustrated disavowal.
But I find it hard to believe that Lisa's sole interest in pastoral is corruption, that XEclogue is first and foremost a bad dream visited on the sleeping solipsists
of our patriarchic culture.
The pragmatic standard is not a warrant but a corrective for subjectivism or relativism, a therapy for solipsists
They jostle for positions on the stage: Cechoripsky with his bruised pathetic pride; Berck with his posturing and declamations; Immaculata in her bogus role as heart-breaker; and out on the lawn, the lovers manque -- Vincent and Julie, the supreme solipsists
who dance themselves into forgetfulness.
In other words, he looks forward to a community of solipsists