Does the story have any admirable characters or heroes in the conventional sense? Explain.
No, because all the characters are seen to be odd in some way. For example Joy is seen to be very rude and awkward and endowed with a monstrous intellect at the expense of feeling, and given to strange behaviour such as officially changing her name to Hulga, which leaves her mother quite at a loss. Mrs Freeman's main interest in life seems to be the discussion of other people's ailments,...
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