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Who redeemed himself more—Amir in The Kite Runner or Ralph in The Thorn Birds?

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That's a very good question. Father Ralph de Bricassart in The Thorn Birds attempts to redeem himself for his many sins by donating large sums of money to the Cleary family. This is largely out of guilt at his chiseling Meggie out of her inheritance. There's also the little matter of Ralph's breaking his vows as a Catholic priest by having a sexual relationship with Meggie.

Whether Ralph can be truly said to have redeemed himself is a moot point. If, as we've suggested, he's only giving money to the Clearys as a way of salving his guilty conscience, then it would seem that he...

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