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Why did the town turn a blind eye to Crete?

Created: 03/10/14

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Posted Mar. 10, 2014 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
davinamw

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Why did the town turn a blind eye to Crete?

Why do you think the town turned a blind eye to Crete's behavior and illegal activities?


Posted Mar. 10, 2014 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
terriej

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RE: Why did the town turn a blind eye to Crete?

I think it was fear.


Posted Mar. 10, 2014 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
ruthiea

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RE: Why did the town turn a blind eye to Crete?

That did bother me a bit. I am sure fear was a factor, but at some point someone must have worried that they would be a victim of his evil and certainly not everyone was in his pocket. Usually when a character is a leading a criminal life like this they cover their tracks by instilling fear, bribing people and/or having people in their debt for favors. Crete did not seem as smooth at the "favors" part as most successful long time criminals (think mob bosses, drug lords...) so I was surprised none of the good/honest people of the town caught on to him and wanted it to stop.


Posted Mar. 11, 2014 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
caroln

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RE: Why did the town turn a blind eye to Crete?

simply two words. . . FEAR and IGNORANCE!


Posted Mar. 12, 2014 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
emfremont

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RE: Why did the town turn a blind eye to Crete?

Fear and the fact that he had a lot of money and influence.


Posted Mar. 12, 2014 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
kimk

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RE: Why did the town turn a blind eye to Crete?

I'd have to agree with Ruth - that part of the story bothered me. The men who were sleeping with the girls weren't strangers, so it would seem a large number of men knew what was going on at the very least. This would seem particularly terrible when the girl was someone local, like Cheri.


Posted Mar. 13, 2014 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
Erin G

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RE: Why did the town turn a blind eye to Crete?

I think it was mainly his customers that knew the depth of the depravity he was involved in--even his brother apparently thought he was running an escort service. The people who knew the most had as much to lose as he did if he got caught. Plus, his family had been there forever and apparently that was more important to a lot of the residents than what kind of person you actually were.


Posted Mar. 14, 2014 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
annar

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RE: Why did the town turn a blind eye to Crete?

He was evil and people were afraid of him.


Posted Mar. 15, 2014 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
christineb

Join Date: 10/13/11

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RE: Why did the town turn a blind eye to Crete?

I agree with everyone. It is amazing how one person can hold so much sway over a relatively small community. Once the pre-conceived idea of Crete was in everybody's minds they would not change- sort of like"boys will be boys"


Posted Mar. 17, 2014 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
caroln

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RE: Why did the town turn a blind eye to Crete?

Let's not forget that Crete was the town's economy. He had is fingers in all of the pies and that kept them humble and able to keep their monkey see attitude. Monkey see, monkey do is a saying that popped up in American culture in the early 1920s. The saying refers to the learning of a process without an understanding of why it works. Another definition implies the act of mimicry, usually with limited knowledge and/or concern of the consequences.[1]


Posted Mar. 17, 2014 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
dianem

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RE: Why did the town turn a blind eye to Crete?

Crete had a lot of influence in that town and he was one of them. It always surprises me that people will see things and not say anything, even today. They are afraid.


Posted Mar. 17, 2014 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
sharonl

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RE: Why did the town turn a blind eye to Crete?

He was a big fish in a small pond and no one wanted to upset the proverbial apple cart! People tend to only see what they want to see especially where evil is concerned.


Posted Mar. 18, 2014 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
lindaj

Join Date: 03/18/14

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RE: Why did the town turn a blind eye to Crete?

This town was far removed from civilization and ascribed to the back country way of doing things. It had not evolved at all - people were born, lived, and died there, and most never left. Crete was a born bully and, early on, he realized that he had the town under his control. No one had the nerve to challenge him.


Posted Mar. 18, 2014 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
beac

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RE: Why did the town turn a blind eye to Crete?

I think the ones who knew what he was doing are the ones who condoned it, and they were also afraid of the consequences of turning him in. It is not very realistic, though, to think that even unsavory members of a community would want to use a local girl when they know the parents and all the relatives.


Posted Mar. 25, 2014 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
cynthiaa

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RE: Why did the town turn a blind eye to Crete?

He was a bully. A rich bully. People were afraid of him and just wanted to stay out of his way.


Posted Mar. 29, 2014 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
janen

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RE: Why did the town turn a blind eye to Crete?

I think that most of the replies got it right. He was a big fish in a small pond who knew where all the "bodies", so to speak we're buried. A section at the end of the book alludes to this when the story speaks of a shed where he kept his mementos. People were afraid of him and what he might do do them .


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