Beware of Pity Topics for Discussion

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Pity is the primary focus of the novel, and several characters use pity in different ways. Compare and contrast the way Edith and Hofmiller use pity. How does Hofmiller behave when he feels pity? What does pity make him do? Why do you think this reaction occurs? How does Edith deal with the pity of others? What does this pity allow her to do? Why do you think she does this? Be sure to use specific examples in the book.

Condor explains in the novel that Kekesfalva was once a poor, Jewish businessman. He also explains how he became a wealthy aristocrat. How did this happen? What do you think of Kekesfalva's methods? Why do you think he ended up marrying the woman he married? Knowing what you know of his past, do you feel pity for him in the case of his daughter? Why or why...

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