[LMB] LQ #57: worst Bujold villain

Howard Brazee howard at brazee.net
Sun Apr 19 15:43:17 BST 2009

On Apr 19, 2009, at 8:30 AM, Hide Deer wrote:

> 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.

The difference here isn't his motivation - it is the results.

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