Anyone who has read Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad please respond. I'm trying to get around to what this sentence might signify. This excerpt is from Secret agent by Joseph Conrad chapter 11. "He had exaggerated the strength of their fury and the length of their arm (for professional purposes) too often to have many illusions one way or the other. For to exaggerate with judgement one must begin by measuring with nicety. He knew also how much virtue and how much infamy is forgotten in two long years." I especially was confused in the last words "He knew also how much virtue and how much infamy was forgotten in two long years."