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Fifth Business

            Lots of people in our society can be dubbed as "neutral" in their.
             They dont take part in the events occurring around them but.
             rather just observe them. This characteristic can be called a.
             beneficial characteristic as it may keep them out of disagreements. In.
             the book Fifth Business written by Robertson Davies, Dunny can be.
             called a neutral person. He tells us about his life story and through.
             various incidents, it is clearly evident that he is indeed a neutral.
             person. For instance, the snowball incident and Dunny's relationship.
             with Diana show the reader that he is indeed a neutral person who.
             doesn't want to get involved deeply in anything at all. Dunny starts.
             his story from his childhood. He tells us that when he was ten, he had.
             a fight with Percy Boyd Staunton and during this fight, Percy threw a.
             snowball at him. He dodged the snowball and it struck the pregnant Mary.
             Dempster, who was the wife of Reverend Amasa Dempster, on her head.
             This led to the premature birth of the baby. Dunny felt responsible for.
             that incident and spent many sleepless nights but he didn't tell Mary.
             what had happened or who threw the snowball. He remained neutral in the.
             situation despite the fact that he felt guilty and responsible for.
             Mary's loss of senility and the premature birth of the baby. These.
             strong emotions led him to help Mary in every way possible. Although he.
             knew that he had not thrown the snowball, he imagined that since it was.
             meant for him, he shouldn't have dodged it. Also Paul had told Dunny.
             that he wasn't responsible for the snowball because it was Dunny's.
             dodging it which led to Mary Dempster labor. So Dunny was sure that!.
             he was to blame but still he didn't confess it to anyone, neither did.
             he ever talk to anyone about it. Being neutral he just withdrew and did.
             not take a stand in the situation. He took care of Paul when he (Paul).
             was quite young and also was protective of Mary which further served to.
             isolate him from the rest of the society who thought of Mary as a bad.

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