'Evil begets evil.' In the light of this remark, describe the character of Dunstan Cass.


The two sons of Squire Cass, Godfrey and Dunstan (Dunsey) are known by way of their father, who is a respectable and relatively wealthy man in comparison with the rest of the people of Raveloe. Dunstan is set as a direct contrast to Godfrey. Where Godfrey is merely weak, Dunstan is completely bad. He is vain, arrogant, and selfish, as well as dishonest. Like Godfrey, he is primarily interested in what he wants for himself, but he lacks any saving virtues. Dunstan suspects his own worthlessness: while he thinks what a fine person he is, he fears the opinions of others on that subject. This narcissism is put symbolically by having Dunstan take Godfrey's whip, as it gives a better appearance than his own. He was kept idle by their father Squire Cass and this gave his idle brain to weave devilish schemes. He managed to get away every time with his evil deeds, he naturally got a boost and kept his evil work going. One evil deed inspired another. He is described by the narrator as a ‘spiteful jeering fellow’. He persuaded his brother Godfrey Cass into marrying Molly, blackmailed Godfrey into selling his horse. He ruthlessly skilled the horse by taking a silly risk and left it by the side of the road. He then stole Silas’ gold and also the wild oats he had been sowing. Evil deeds brought sheer fun to Dunstan.