A Solution To The Dilemma

In Alexander Kielland’s 1883 novel, Poison, a husband and wife fight over whether their son should be confirmed or not. The worldly husband is thinking of the son’s prospects in society, the idealistic freethinker wife does not want the boy to be a hypocrite; it is about expediency versus truth. Our own age has found a patent solution to such problems: of course he should undergo the meaningless ceremony, because “it’s his Culture”.

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