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By Iris Murdoch

Swinging among his spouse and his mistress within the sacred and profane love desktop and among the charms of morality and the excitements of sin, the psychotherapist, Blaise Gavender, occasionally needs he may perhaps divide himself in . as an alternative, he we could free distress and confusion and—for the spectators at any rate—a morality play, wealthy in reflections upon the paradoxes of human lifestyles and the character of the conflict among sacred and profane love.

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