Monday, May 14, 2012

E-mail quote from my sister.


“In the first place, good people are rarely suspicious; they cannot imagine others doing the things they themselves are incapable of doing; usually they accept the undramatic conclusion as the correct one, and let matters rest there. Then, too, the normal are inclined to view the killer as the one who’s as monstrous in appearance as he is in mind, which is about as far from the truth as one could well get. He paused and then said that these monsters of real life usually looked and behaved in a more normal manner than their actually normal brothers and sisters: they presented a more convincing picture of virtue than virtue presented of itself—just as the wax rosebud or the plastic peach seemed more perfect to the eye, more what the mind thought a rosebud or a peach should be than the imperfect original from which it had been modeled.”
― William March



7 comments:

Lisa said...

Yeah, cause normal is bullshit! And when something's shiny, that's all it is. Shiny! And if it's shiny, it's probably rotten on the inside.

Meg Kelso said...
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Meg Kelso said...

they cannot imagine others doing the things they themselves are incapable of doing;


I find this to be way true.

Anonymous said...

He wrote the Bad Seed, loved that movie:
"The scene is a small Southern town where Colonel and Christine Penmark live with their daughter, Rhoda. Little Rhoda Penmark is the evil queen of the story. On the surface she is sweet, charming, full of old-fashioned graces, loved by her parents, admired by all her elders. But Rhoda's mother has an uneasy feeling about her. When one of Rhoda's schoolmates is mysteriously drowned at a picnic, Mrs. Penmark is alarmed. For the boy who was drowned was the one who had won the penmanship medal that Rhoda felt she deserved."--Sis

Anonymous said...

Sis, That sounds like a take-off on Cathy, the character from "East of Eden" (John Steinbeck).
When an author nails a psychopath/MN from childhood on, ya gotta believe they've had some close up and personal experience with these POS.
TW

Anonymous said...

TW,
very true!

Sis

vicariousrising said...

Great comment. I tend to not be overly suspicious unless someone is behaving similar to my mother. Even then, I tend to think it is something wrong with me and my perception.