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'I can't help it when people are frightened,' says Merricat.

'I always want to frighten them more.'

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We Have Always Lived in the Castle is a novel by Shirley Jackson, published in 1961.

The novel is narrated by Mary Katherine (Merricat) Blackwood, an eighteen-year-old girl who lives with her gentle older sister, Constance, in a large isolated house on the outskirts of a village in New England.

The story focuses on the issues of traditionalism, female oppression, and the inherent cruelty in human nature.

This study guide by Libcharts gives an overview of the plot of the novel, delves into the characters and themes, and looks at the key quotes from We Have Always Lived in the Castle.

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