chapter  5
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On Goods, Virtues and Hard Times

This conclusion presents some closing thoughts discussed in the preceding chapters of this book. In Bruce Chatwin's Utz we are given a character whose disposition enables him or so it would seem to fulfil freely and knowingly the requirements which critical moral situations demand. Thus, in this account of one man's attempt in difficult circumstances to live a satisfying or good-enough life, Utz claims our admiration as opposed to our interest, for we also find him intriguing because despite his obsession and the corrupting circumstances of his world, and quite contrary to the reputation he has gained as an incurable decadent', he continues to remain just that, a down-to-earth decent' kind of man who can respond to critical situations in a way we cannot but respect. Lacking in heroic ardour, strenuousness or flamboyance, such a virtuous character possesses the dull' virtues of trustworthiness, honesty and solic.