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Heinous/Villainous Women in Literature I recently finished reading the first two books of the Mark of the Lion series by Francine Rivers. I was struck by Julia Valerian, who I originally thought was one of the vilest female characters I had ever encountered. However, the more I thought about it, more characters came to mind and I couldn’t help but compare them to each other. My sister reminded me of Cathy Ames, the villain in John Steinbeck’s East of Eden. I read this book more than twenty-five years ago. I remembered that she was evil but I’d forgotten many of the details of Cathy’s villainous acts so I researched the novel. As I read, it all came back to me and I remembered that Cathy Ame


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