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Gossip Hypothesis That Gossip is the most destructive vice and it leads to Vinnys ultimate death and also Helen departure Helen wanted to be with Mr Moller but because of the towns Gossip she new that they could never live happily without being ridiculed and victimized by the towns people It would also ruin their reputation as schoolteachers Gossip cause the entire town to live in secrecy and fear as the people feed on Gossip and other people personal issues and problems especially private and intimate secrecy Helen and Mr Moller were forced into concealment as they relied on their status in the town as a disguise Thea Astley made us ponder the question whether or not gossip was worse than adultery by making the gossip seem so destructive when adultery was running away from it The town was so critical and disparaging that it became inhuman and harmful turning the people into gossip hungry vultures Helen saw the gossip going on about Vinny and she didnt want that happening to herself and Mr Moller The town itself converted mere chitchat and hearsay into rumors and scandals The gossip within the town was so sadistic and inhuman to the point were the towns people appeared to get pleasure from other peoples pain Vinnys death After Vinny mistakenly thought that she was pregnant it reminded her of her mother hauling the child and the struggle she endured which was mentions towards the beginning of the book She also was afraid that this would ultimately find her as the talk of the town and amongst the gossip she didnt want to be apart of After reading the book the last sentence stood out This sentence basically told that Vinny never wanted to be hurt again When this was said Vinny wasnt talking about physical pain but emotional and mental pain caused by the people she trusted ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Bibliography um
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