The Color of Water

by James McBride

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Did the devout father set an example for his children in honesty and chastity?

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Absolutely false, in fact I think the argument would be that he is serving as an example of dishonesty and certainly being un-chaste as he chases and continues affairs.

He is willing to cheat anyone who he can actually sneak it by and will push his family and anyone he can get his hands on to exhaustion to serve his needs.  And in the mean time, he is sleeping around and even living openly with another woman once he basically decides that he can get away with it.

His "devout-ness" is more a function of hoping to be seen as such so that he can deal with the Jewish people and get their money while he is bilking everyone else out of their cash.

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