[LMB] LQ #57: worst Bujold villain

Hide Deer hid.deer at gmail.com
Sun Apr 19 15:30:14 BST 2009

On Thu, Apr 16, 2009 at 5:23 PM, Elizabeth Holden <azurite at rogers.com> wrote:
> I said:
>> {Ryoval]'s bad because he abuses people for
>> profit.
> Harimad asked:
>> Do you see this as worse than abusing for fun?  I
>> don't.

fun vs. profit...

consider the torture-kidnapper.  one person is harmed, very badly,
then killed, but still only one.  the torturer is having fun.

now consider the evil pharmacist (with apologies to any pharmacy
people on the list).  add sugar to the powdered meds, add water to the
liquids.  profit to the pharmacist is doubled or tripled.  pain and
confusion to the patients who are faithfully taking the (diluted)
medicines, and deaths when the illness isn't repressed.  there are
multiple cases pain and death, but the pharmacist has no pleasure from
it, and in fact prefers not to think about it at all.  its all profit.

ziviya, feeling slightly ill from analyzing this.

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