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Comey's book is much more a memoir than it is a hit job, or so I've heard.

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The horror of tragedy lies in watching noble characters try to act nobly in circumstances that won’t let them or against which acting nobly is of no avail.

As I was taught, in a more narrow definition, the horror of classical tragedy is that exactly the same strengths of character that make the protagonists noble are the foundation of their eventual undoing: trapped by their own virtues, they are unable to act ignobly even to forestall their own doom.

e.g. Both Arthur and Lancelot in White's Once And Future King

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