I was reading Great Expectations the other day, and came across this passage that I couldn't make any sense of whatsoever:
Why should I loiter on my road to compare the state of mind in which I had tried to rid myself of the stain of the prison before meeting her at the coach office with the state of mind in which I now reflected on the abyss between Estella in her pride and beauty and the returned transport whom I harbored? The road would be none the smoother for it, the end would be none the better for it, he would not be helped, nor I extenuated. (ch. 43)
I've been able to decipher Dickens and his unbelievably long sentences so far, but I'm stuck with this one.
What does it mean?