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In John Fowles novel The Collector New York Little Brown and Company 1963 Ferdinand Clegg an amateur entomologist kidnaps Miranda a beautiful artist and holds her in an underground room Though his actions alone condemn him as evil and immoral the motive his upbringing strong sense of values and his undying adoration of Miranda causes the reader to overlook the actions of Clegg and relate to him The vicious way Miranda treats Clegg who is of a lower social status makes the reader sympathize with Clegg dulling the evil nature of his crime Ferdinand Clegg raised by his Aunt Annie holds a very high set of standards for women His mother was a woman of the streets who went off with a foreigner5 Clegg here began his hatred of loose or immoral women His morality in itself makes him seem less villainous and certainly not evil He says he always hated vulgar women especially girls5 He never for a moment thinks of raping Miranda He is in love with her and refuses to hurt her or make her unhappy Ferdinand feels that he would do anything to know Miranda to please her and be her friend to be able to watch her openly and love her 14 The reader cannot help but sympathize with Ferdinand because of the tragic nature of Cleggs treatment by others Clegg won a large sum of money 73000 British pounds in a lottery Although money is sometimes said to be the road to happiness Cleggs newfound money leads only to more hardship He explains When you dont have money you always think things will be very different after But they really despised us for having all that money and not knowing what to do with it They still treated me behind the scenes for what I was- a clerk It was no good throwing money around As soon as we spoke or did something we gave the
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