THE BATTLE OF THE VILLA FIORITA, by Rumer Godden. I hate it when authors treat their characters so shabbily.
Why? Isn’t that what you’re supposed to do? Make life difficult for the characters?
I don’t think so. I mean, yes, in the course of the story. But to get the reader caring about the characters, even identifying with them, and then in the end to completely shut the characters out of all happiness seems churlish.
I think you might be missing the moral point, here.
Possibly. But if that’s it, then I say the moral point is an ass.