Deafening cognitive dissonance, i’d read and think “what an incredible role model!” Then my programmed institutionalization would kick in at the unsettling imagery triggering my revulsion.
This was mostly terrifying, normal people finding no place other than the very margins of society. That a black Catholic risk-averse young man should have more in common with a sadistic English misfit in the age of conformity!
Thank you. This was eye-opening in many ways, well worth the re-read.