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Hermann was willing to kill the countess in order to

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funeral. Hermann was willing to kill the Countess in order to learn her secret so he could gain something for himself. Similarly, Adela ignores the feelings of others in order to get her own way. Pepe el Romano holds not only the heart of his fiancé Angustias, but also those of two of her sisters. Initially, it is obvious that Adela speaks her mind and acts as she pleases and in Act III we learn that she has been having an affair with her sister’s fiancé. Adela’s actions are driven by greed and her desire to act out. Like Hermann, she completely ignores the feelings of others as she attempts to obtain her desires.
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Theme Gossip versus first hand knowledge is a theme that is apparent in both stories. In Queen of Spades, the reader is unaware of whether or not the Countess’ secret is a lie or if she truly has the power to correctly guess three cards. Hermann failed to choose the correct third card because of what the Countess had told him. Either the Countess’ secret was the result of gossip or she simply played a trick on Hermann, both are plausible.
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