She could write the scene three times over, from three points of view...none of these three was bad, nor were they particularly good. She need not judge...She need only show seperate minds, as alive as her own, struggling with the idea that other minds were equally alive. It wasn't only wickedness and scheming that made people unhappy, it was confusion and misunderstanding; above all, it was the failure to grasp that other people are as real as you. And only in a story could you enter these different minds and show that they had equal value. That was the only moral a story need have.
Source: Atonement: A Novel, Pages: 38
Contributed by: Wednesday