It is easy to see how Richard develops an aversion to Christianity which lasts throughout his life

It is easy to see how Richard develops an aversion to Christianity which lasts throughout his life

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It is easy to see how Richard develops an aversion to Christianity which lasts throughout his life. An  awareness of guilt and sin is brutally imposed on him by his grandmother. Even his mother finally  finds the atmosphere at the grandmother's too oppressive for them. Richard's greatest sin is his  curiosity, and every opportunity his imagination has to expand is promptly squelched. His  grandmother, for instance, beats him for a foul-mouthed remark he utters in complete innocence; his  difficult relationship with her will play a large part in his development. To Granny, any deviation from  her concept of the norm is subjected to the most severe punishment. The hypocrisy of these hard  judgments, couched in Christian ideology, does not escape the boy, and he will not forget them as a  man.
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