Excerpt from A Victim of Conscience: A Novel
Environment and sympathy are important factor in an author's selection of a theme. If he has a message to the world, his characters cannot always be of his own choosing, but are determined by a power stronger than caprice. The desire to add to the world's knowledge of a peculiar people, to portray characters but little known and frequently misunderstood, to analyze a creed at variance with the prevailing faith, have influenced the choice of my subject.
My heroes and heroines are humble folk, with intensely human characteristics, with sterling qualities and corresponding shortcomings, and I introduce them to the reader without praise or apology.
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