Vergiffenis in Elsschots Het Been: Boorman vs. Laarmans

Luc Bovens
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
In the novel "Het Been" by the Flemish writer Willem Elsschot. In the novel, a businessman becomes obsessive over the fact that a victim of his unscrupulous business practices refuses to forgive him. This raises the following questions: Why does one find it upsetting when the victim of one's wrongdoing refuses to accept our apologies? Why does one find it upsetting when the victim is unwilling to grant us the forgiveness that we are asking for?
Keywords Forgiveness  Apologies
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