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YMMV: East of Eden
- Magnificent Bitch: Cathy.
- Values Dissonance: In the novel the two 14-year-olds who try to have sex with Cathy, age 10, defend themselves by saying Cathy initiated things and charged them money. They are telling the truth, but regardless of this many modern readers will still see the boys' behavior with Cathy as child rape, no matter how manipulative and willing she was.
- Modern readers may feel the same way about her 28 year old Latin teacher's attempt to seduce her when she was 14.
- What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?: The epic religious symbolism is the entire point of the book.