Throughout the entire novel, Richard seems to make rather ignorant comments: he blames all of Rufus’s problems solely on Rufus, calls Vivaldo a child for starting a relationship with Ida, and lumps all African Americans together in blaming them for the attack on his children. Even at the end of the novel, when Richard suspects that Cass is cheating on him, he immediately suspects Vivaldo, and does not even consider Eric as an option. Although other characters have tried to correct his ignorance, his views remain unchanged. Why do you think Richard chooses willingly to be ignorant to the world around him? What role does writing his novel play in allowing this ignorance?
In addition, what would you consider Richard’s idea of “another country” to be?