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Monday, 06 February 2012

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"But what the example Howard was given here shows is that such evils always 'exceed' their causes, real or supposed."

In other words, some people go too far and believe they must exterminate their real or supposed enemies.

I see what he means too, because although these evil extremes must have their causes, the effect still seems appallingly disproportionate.

Indeed so, AK, but I still can't get my head round the nazis insisting that an orchestra played amongst the carnage. It reminds me of the last lines of the ineffabley dotty Olga in Three Sisters:

And the band plays so bravely, so joyfully - another moment, you feel, and we shall know why we live and why we suffer . . . If only we could know, if only we could know!

As so often with Chekhov you don't know whether to laugh or cry.

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