By Iris Murdoch
Swinging among his spouse and his mistress within the sacred and profane love computer and among the charms of morality and the excitements of sin, the psychotherapist, Blaise Gavender, occasionally needs he may divide himself in . as an alternative, he shall we free distress and confusion and—for the spectators at any rate—a morality play, wealthy in reflections upon the paradoxes of human existence and the character of the conflict among sacred and profane love.
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