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  • n  apathy and inactivity in the practice of virtue (personified as one of the deadly sins)

  • In Justine, Purse-warden's suicide is attributed to acedia, or boredom with life; Balthazar suggests that the suicide was caused by his failure as an artist; in Mountolive, the .
  • The answer must be met with a Sophie-like acedia from the viewer.
  • McCarthy seemed to cherish his acedia, his spiritual Oblomovism.

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