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June 25, 2013



What interests me is the idea that the girl has been "liberated", because that's not how I see what happened at all. She's still a slave and I can only too easily imagine that when her owners had Paul and Silas jailed, they also beat the crap out of her for getting mixed up with them in the first place. You're right in suggesting that this is one of the places where Paul "comes off as an often-unpleasant person." The whole thrust of the story is about how Paul suffered. My sympathies are much more toward that poor girl.

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