July 8th, 2003

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Sympathy for Haggard (and Spoilers for a Wonderful Book)

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I wonder, too often probably, what one should have done, were one born like Haggard. His story is a sad one, not least because he did exactly the right thing under the circumstances. What else should he have done? He explored and tried, he picked many things up and put them all back down, and in the end, not one made him happy. He found, finally, something that soothed him, that made him truly happy, and he took it, all of it. He dared, as a friend might put it, to say "I want." And in the end, like the storybook villain he was, he was unseated and he fell.

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