“Oh, what a tangled web we weave. When first we practise to deceive!” wrote Walter Scott. Ms. Nathan exposes a very tangled web indeed. ‘Sybil Exposed’ is a meticulously researched and well written book; a stern warning against naiveté and gullibility. How easy it is to believe even the wildest of tales when one WANTS to believe it!
The book’s +/- 600 references back up the author’s assertion of duplicity of everyone involved in the book’s creation. One issue not definitively clear is whether the ‘Sybil’ fraud was premeditated or calculated or whether Shirley, Connie, Flora, et. al. just got caught up in the thing. Maybe, like Topsy, the deception just ‘grow’d’. A first lie generates a second and together they spawn an infestation. “Things come apart so easily when they have been held together with lies.” said Dorothy Allison. If true, how did SO many accept the veracity of ‘Sybil’ SO completely for SO long? If the consequences were not so serious the whole affair would be laughable.