What values can be learned from the story "Rain" by W. Somerset Maugham?

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"Rain" teaches the value of tolerance. The characters who wish to transform the tropics into the strict, repressed society of the states. The Davidson's represent the judgemental attitudes from which they left They wrap themselves in their supposedly religious righteousness. They set out to ruin Sadie Thompson, who exhibits all the traits that they are against. Sadie attempts to enjoy the more relaxed attitude of the tropics. There seems to be a moral retribution in the ending of the story-Davidson's suicide. The many instances of intolerance is meant to illustrate the value tolerance.

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