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Major Henry Scobie is a highly principled police officer who has been overlooked for promotion to the Commissioner ship of a war-torn West African state His wife Louise is utterly disappointed in the fact of his being passed over for commissioner because she hoped to gain status in the social structure of the city as the wife of the District Commissioner As a moral obligation and responsibility to make Louise happy he sends her off on a holiday Her reminder for him to attend mass on Sundays proves an important choice of parting words While away Scobie finds love in a young widow Helen whom he helped to save He goes to great lengths to cover up any physical evidence of their encounters but his religious beliefs still haunt him Scobie allows his religious convictions and fear of damnation to ultimately destroy all he holds true when his inability to distinguish between love pity and responsibility to others and God leads to his torment between private passion and moral obligation and to his final damnation Scobie considers his wife as his moral obligation and will do anything to make her happy When trying to find the money to send her on her holiday Louise begins to doubt his ability to get the passage but in response he says Ill try and work something out You know if its possible Id do anything for you -- anything His sense of love toward her is more of an inherited responsibility of marriage -- to do anything to make her happy Even at the cost of his peace of mind He would be constantly tormented by thoughts such as If I could just arrange for her happiness first His devotion for Louises happiness would conflict even during her holiday Louise has grown to love Scobie over the years but Scobie has not had the same feelings toward her She understands that side of him and accepts
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