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Speculation on Nathanael, Olimpia, and Clara

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Did Olimpia achieve a certain stage of consciousness? Was it ethical to destroy her? To help you consider your responses, if any, to these questions, please look at the discussion of these issues from opposite points of view, or perspectives, … Continue reading

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Nathanael’s eyes-a

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What does Nathanael see through his telescope on the tower that pushes him over the edge? Simply seeing Clara as she had been before climbing up the towers would not have been likely to create the frenzy that ensues. What … Continue reading

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