The Question and Answer section for Fifth Business is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
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Joel is the vagrant with whom Mrs. Dempster is caught having sex in the Deptford gravel pit. He had intended to rape her but did not have to when she gave herself willingly out of pity for him. He later devotes his life to philanthropy for the...
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