Do you thinkMiss Strangeworth's main motivation is to address a moral dilemma or something else?

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I believe that Miss Strangeworth is sending her poison-pen letters for two reasons. First, she does this because she has very aggressive and very angry feelings towards her neighbors, and second, she can't allow herself to express these emotions directly. We learn that she started sending the letters a year ago, so it would appear that the feelings she had stuffed down for a long time finally rose to the surface and found an outlet that allowed her to maintain her self-concept while relieving her anger.

Directly telling her neighbors her negative thoughts would not align with her self-image as a good person and a good neighbor or with her sense of superiority in being a Strangeworth, a being who has perfect manners and a perfect garden of roses, so she does her damage secretly. She...

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