I wish to add my congratulations on this marvelous piece! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this work by another obsessive like me. It was delightful. Very well done.
Pelletier most certainly has developed insecurities about his critical abilities during his stay in Santa Teresa.
When he returned to the hotel Pelletier was reading Saint Thomas again. When he sat down beside him Pelletier looked up from the book and said there were still things he didn't understand and probably never would. Espinoza laughed and said nothing.
I do not recall that Pelletier suffered any professional self-doubt whatsoever back in Europe. And this later. . .
Espinoza asked whether he was preparing some article or essay on those three books in particular and Pelletier's answer was vague.