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Who is the antagonist in Foreign Affairs by Allison Lurie?

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Both of the main protagonists, Vinnie and Fred, are initially deceived by outward appearances. Vinnie eventually learns not to judge by appearances, and Fred learns to value what he already has. The antagonist here isn't a person so much as a personality trait. The central conflict of this story is an internal conflict (man vs. self) and both protagonists are struggling with their desires, and their reliance on outward appearances.

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