Everyone Has "bad Qualities"

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“Mrs. Hopewell had no bad qualities of her own but she was able to use other people’s in such a constructive way that she never felt the lack.”(169)


 I feel this quote has an extremely strong meaning. How is it possible to have “no bad qualities”  She must be a very talented and powerful woman to accomplish the task of using other people’s faults as a tool for herself.  Perhaps this is what O’Conner was getting at when she wrote this line. This could be a foreshadowing event in the story. 


Greta Carroll said:

I think that O’Connor is being very sarcastic in those lines. She is showing how Mrs. Hopewell is so conceited that she even thinks that she has “no bad qualities.” Just by thinking that she is perfect, makes herself proud. And isn’t pride one of the seven deadly sins? Just by stating that Mrs. Hopewell has “no bad qualities,” O’Connor shows some of them.

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