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The Schwa Was Here Setting & Symbolism

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The Afghans (The Virtues and Sins)

Crawley owns fourteen Afghan hounds, which is a type of dog with a pointy nose and very long silky fur. Antsy and the Schwa are made to walk these dogs every day as their punishment for trespassing in his apartment. He has named seven of them after the seven sins, which are pride, envy, lust, gluttony (over indulging), avarice (greed), sloth (laziness), and anger. He has named the other seven dogs after the seven virtues, which are prudence (being sensible), temperance (restraint), justice, fortitude (courage), faith, hope, and charity.

Crawley does not explain why he has chosen these odd names for his dogs, but he does often accuse Antsy and the Schwa of several of the sins. Perhaps he thinks that in general people have become sinners and need to remember their virtues. Perhaps Crawley has named his dogs this to remind...

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