Quotation by W.H. Auden

Murder is unique in that it abolishes the party it injures, so that society has to take the place of the victim and on his behalf demand atonement or grant forgiveness; it is the one crime in which society has a direct interest.
W.H. (Wystan Hugh) Auden (1907–1973), Anglo-American poet. repr. in The Dyer's Hand, pt. 3 (1962). "The Guilty Vicarage," Harper's (New York, May 1948).
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