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Eman # Posted on October 30, 2013 at 3:08 pm

@ijesuschrist, Well it started today in my fiction and critical thinking english class. We read a few chapters of this book called ‘Olive Kitteridge’. It described a simple man of ritual and routine. He works in a pharmacy and hired a young girl to work for him. She was happily married to a young man. They were a very happy couple. The simple man admired and cherished the both of them. The husband passes in a hunting accident. So he feels sadness for the young widow. He comforts her, teaches her how to drive, and live on her own. He even buys her a kitten to relieve her solitude.

Class discussion about these chapters was what triggered my thoughts. The general interpretation was one of alternative motives. He was creepy and inappropriate. Not one saw genuine altruism.

I just don’t understand how you can rule out him simply being a kind caring person. To see a wounded human and care for them plain and simple.