As for the man’s wife, Trisha feels she’s actually helping her.
“I respect his wife and what they have together,” Trisha explains. “I see my affair with her husband as a sort of service. She is no longer responsible for his sexual pleasure. As a result of having found a suitable outlet, he is better able to focus on his duties and responsibilities as her mate.”
You will forgive me for questioning the sincerely of this woman’s altruism.
But it gets even more jawdropping:
“I hope he doesn’t leave her for me,” she says. “That would be absurd. Affairs should never become monogamous relationships. How can you ever trust someone who has so clearly demonstrated such a lack of conscience, such a talent with lying and stealing? It’s not a trick question: you can’t. A foundation of lies – even if they belong to both of you – is no foundation at all.”
Personally, I find it unsurprising that such brutal realism is coupled to such transparent rationalisation.
After all, it was all Tarkin’s fault. The man was a psychopath and megalomaniac. I never thought he’d actually go through with it.