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A discussion of the character traits of a fictitious elderly woman named Miss Strangeworth will occur in this character sketch Miss Strangeworth was an elderly woman who was representative of her towns history She led a quiet public life and was on friendly terms with most residents of her town Unknown to these residents Miss Strangeworth lived a double life She was a friendly grandmotherly figure in public however when she was out of the publics eye she became the author of unsettling letters based on assumptions Proof will be provided from The Possibility of Evil that Miss Strangeworth possessed the character traits of self-consciousness discreetness and self-righteousness Miss Strangeworth was self-conscious which a character trait that a great deal of people can identify with An example of Miss Strangeworths self-consciousness can be found in the last paragraph on page 225 that concludes on page 226 Miss Strangeworth had been writing a letter to the Cranes about their baby child Upon the completion of the letter the following narration illustrated Miss Strangeworths actions with faulty letters She was pleased with the letter about the Crane baby She was fond of doing things exactly right When she made a mistake as she sometimes did she took the page to the kitchen stove and burned it at once 225-226 One might think that this clearly proves Miss Strangeworths self-consciousness because she burned any faulty letters This can be interpreted as an action to mask failure as nobody could possibly obtain the faulty letter without Miss Strangeworth delivering it to them Miss Strangeworth was masking her failures from herself which may better be summed up as self-denial Miss Strangeworths self-consciousness allows for one to identify with her because many people have exhibited actions of self-consciousness or self-denial when they made a mistake In addition to allowing for identification with Miss Strangeworth through her self-consciousness one might view Miss Strangeworth as being discreet Evidence of Miss
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