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She keeps anything horrid inside, for her own safety."
-- Pat Ingoldby (The Outfit)

Importance: This line, spoken by Pat Ingoldby about his mother, illustrates another quality of Raj orphans and another similiarity between Mrs Ingoldby and Filth. What is curious about this line is that Pat implies that Mrs Ingoldby's tendency to try to keep things pleasant for her guests is not about others' safety or well-being, but is in fact part of her "self-protective" behaviour (58). There is an idea there that the deeper one buries one's bad memories, the better one's life will be. Filth, too, has attempted to keep his horrid things inside himself, for his own safety. However, this constant repression turns one into an actor, as one moves forward attempting to pretend that everything is and always has been alright. By the end of his life, Filth learns that keeping those "horrid" things inside does not always ensure one's mental safety...

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