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Still on A TOUCH OF FROST, I think it’s the fact that Phoebe was prepared to kill the second rapist the next time he came near her that made me think she wasn’t destroyed by the experience. She didn’t have to kill him because he had died anyway, but she was ready to fight back. I think that’s important—she isn’t a victim because she doesn’t think of herself s a victim. She’s done a lot to heal herself before she ever sets out on her journey west.
She possesses sophrosyne, and the rapists cannot truly touch her. I hope I’m not sounding pretentious here, but what is done to her body cannot truly touch her essence. I think this is a theme in any of Goodman’s books.