What does the incident with Angus Morton's horse tell you about people's general attitude towards deviation in The Chrysalids?  

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In Waknuk society most people pay lip-service to the idea of purity. In reality, however, the rules relating to what is or isn't pure can be bent or ignored if they're difficult to enforce. For it's one thing to devise laws, but quite another thing to enforce them, as the example of Angus Morton's "mutant" horses shows us.

Even the puritanical government of this dystopian land has to be flexible every now and then, especially when the survival of the community is at stake. We see this in its attitude towards the mutant horses. Just one of these towering brutes can do the work of two ordinary horses. This will have the effect of increasing agricultural productivity and efficiency, which will make it easier for the government to control the population. After all, the happier the people, the more secure and stable the government. So it pays for the powers-that-be to allow for a fair degree of leeway in the law's application and...

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