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by J.M. Coetzee

Disgrace Justice and Judgment Quotes

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Quote #1

"It's always complicated, this harassment business, David, complicated as well as unfortunate, but we believe our procedures are good and fair, so we'll just take it step by step, play it by the book. My one suggestion is, acquaint yourself with the procedures and perhaps get legal advice." (5.50)

Hakim paints a pretty fair picture of the University's system of judging harassment cases. Do you think it turns out that way?

Quote #2

"We want to give you an opportunity to state your position."

"I have stated my position. I am guilty."

"Guilty of what?"

"Of all that I am charged with."

"You are taking us in circles, Professor Lurie."

"Of everything Ms. Isaacs avers, and of keeping false records."

Now Farodia Rassool intervenes. "You say you accept Ms. Isaacs's statement, Professor Lurie, but have you actually read it?"

"I do not wish to read Ms. Isaacs's statement. I accept it. I know of no reason why Ms. Isaacs should lie." (6.19-26)

We don't know about you, but this exchange really makes us groan. David doesn't seem to care at all about what his fate at the University will be; he's willing to take whatever judgment is doled out to him. Why do you think that is?

Quote #3

"Then we should recommend the severest penalty. That Professor Lurie be dismissed with immediate effect and forfeit all benefits and privileges." (6.51)

The committee can't actually punish David – they can only make recommendations. Why do you think Farodia Rasool is so adamant that David to lose his job?

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