Miss Strangeworth’s Letters
In the short story “The Possibility of Evil” the quote “Miss Strangeworth never bothered about facts” (page 226) is a very important piece of information because it shows that “the letters all dealt with suspicion” (page 226). Most of the letters were not true, they were just her opinion. In the beginning of the story the author makes Miss Strangeworth look like a good character. “Miss Strangeworth had to stop every minute or so to say good morning to someone or ask after someone’s health” (page 223). After reading this, the reader thinks that Miss Strangeworth is a nice lady who cares about others but once we find out that her letters are not based on fact, it shows us that she could be starting rumours and she is not the nice lady we thought she was. The quote “She had been writing her letters – sometimes two or three every day for a week, sometimes only one in a month – for the past year” (page 226) is also very important because it tells us that she has started more than one rumour. “Mr. Lewis, the grocer, would never have imagined for a minute that his grandson might be taking cash from the store register if he had not had one of Miss Strangeworth’s letters.” (Page 226) is one example of a rumour she started about one of the boys in the town. She had never seen him take any money, but convinced other people he was taking the money. Overall, I think that the quote was very important because it tells us that Miss Strangeworth is just an old lady who likes to start rumours.