He was in distress because he had stopped for a moment and gazed up into the darkness and realized that his previous feelings were wonderful but the only reality existed in his feelings.It had no existence beyond how he felt and the understanding of this was painful for the character.
This attitude changed completely after his encounter with the dying buck.
The two protagonists were both male and were young in age.
Each was overcome and enthusiastic towards their feelings of delight and became aware of the negative side to joy.
He was possessed and controlled by his passion for Mangan’s older sister.
His ideals of the girl were not realistic but were futile and vain.