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In this book, Graham Greene goes a lot further toward shoqing the power of grace in a person's life than he went in The Power and the Glory. Here, he has the grace exercising such authority that it dictates decisions and even takes life if the sin is too strong to resist. There is powerful biblical and historical ground to make such a claim and in this particular case, Greene has made it strongly.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1930's-1950's Difficult/unusual lover?    -   Yes How difficult?    -   wild lover Seduction/coercion/force    -   Yes How seduced/forced?    -   threat of exposure of secret Love Triangles/Polygons    -   Yes What kind:    -   one woman-two men Marriage/Married    -   Yes Marriage subplot:    -   seduction of someone else's wife Inner struggle subplot    -   Yes Struggle with...    -   (general) search for identity/new understanding If one lover chases another...    -   they alternate Who seduces whom?    -   mutual seduction Disability or addiction?    -   alcohol

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   writer Age/status:    -   40's-50's Sex makes him    -   confident    -   arrogant    -   childish

Main Female Character

Age/status:    -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   unemployed Effect of sexing    -   confused    -   obedient    -   less bitchy/arrogant Unusual characteristics:    -   Physically sick    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin

Setting

Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK City?    -   Yes City:    -   London Misc setting    -   resort/hotel

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment What % of story is romance related?    -   50% How explicit is the sex?    -   vague references only    -   descript of kissing    -   actual description of sex Focus of story    -   equally on him and her How much dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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