The artifacting went to town on the red in this but wcyd.
Everyone looks stupid on this page. Lem shocked into wall-eyed silence and Rae infuriated and humiliated. Cal with his attempts to "act" and then his smug satisfaction with the effect he observes he has had. It always stood out to me that my attacker would be very happy if they got me frustrated or crying, so they could get FURIOUS at me for having an ugly expression on, giving them a reason to get even angrier, even meaner - ever higher and higher.
Fights, displays of sadism and cruelty like this, bring your life down in such an intense and remarkable way. This coupled with the other worries Rae has about their life here is going to compound into on the next page and we'll learn a little more of how he views this whole nightmarish situation. It's not good.