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In his tale Leaven of Malice Robertson Davies intentionally portrays many scenes as parallels By doing so certain points and arguments are highlighted boldly throughout the story One such parallel occurs between the respective conversations of the Vambraces and the Bridetowers The engagement scandal incites heated discussions within the two households as both Solly and Pearl would rather avoid all the negative attention brought on by their parents The striking resemblance of the dialogues serves to emphasize a key point concerning parents in the story the parental figures in Leaven of Malice are so enamored with their own self love that they act irrationally and eventually regrettably towards their children Repeatedly throughout the conversations both Professor Vambrace and Mrs Bridgetower attempt to force their own opinions upon their children When Pearl announces to her father that she is going to the Yarrows party he is astonished that his daughter would socialize the night after the newspaper tragedy Are you utterly out of your mind Your name has been publicly linked with that one man in Salterton above all others whom you should avoid 344 Because Professor Vambrace is so offended by the days events he expects his daughter to react and feel as embarrassed as he However Pearl does not suffer the same effects and has no problems with going out in public Why not It isnt my fault really She refuses as the Professor says to be guided by him in this manner 344 Mrs Bridgetower in the same respect attempts to define her sons opinions for him While describing the engagement notice as a blow to the familial name she says It has been publicly announced that you are engaged to Pearl Vambrace You are nothing of the kind 384 Mrs Bridgetower focuses on the slander forced upon her son even though Solly himself would rather ignore the entire matter We cant go on fighting forever 384 Similar to Vambrace Mrs Bridgetower tries
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