I could never intentionally hurt someone with no remorse like streeter did. That's the one thing that bothered me, that he didn't care. However if I would dying of Cancer, I probably would do it, but I would carry the guilt around.
I took the theme of this story as being how Streeter himself became far more evil than the original acts carried out by Tom that he saw as deserving retribution. That is, the punishment meted out to Tom's family was completely disproportionate to the fairly petty jealousy that caused Streeter to choose Tom as the victim. As Streeter took more and more pleasure from the suffering his "spell" caused I found myself disliking him more and more - probably one of SK's more odious characters IMO. So by causing suffering in others to avoid suffering himself, he became evil himself - just as bad as Elvid. On that basis I could never do what he did, I would choose to die of cancer.
Yeah, there is someone I could do that to. And as I know all of the people intimately involved, and none of them is innocent (no kids, I could not do that), so I would not even feel bad about it. The person I'd choose has done so much lasting harm, not only to me personally but to virtually everyone whom his life has touched, that I would not hesitate.
There is someone in my life who I would swear has actually done that to me. The effects on me seemed to have lasted about 10 years but fortunately it all backfired and that person has been an ill-tempered, foul person ever since (and I don't think will ever fully recover). Karma is a b---h!
I could sit by and watch as suffering was inflicted on two very deserving people--and take pleasure in it--yet if that also included hurting those around them I would have to say no. Unfortunately.
If just these two people were affected though I would say "yes please."
(I must be twisted, as just thinking about that has made me smile.)
I'm surprised to discover that I didn't consider if I would do that until I read this thread, but Ally, I'm with you on being all right about it if it was just the culprits I have problems with, but their loved ones? Nope.
I also thought about this when I finished. But not seriously. I just skimmed my mind to see if there were anyone and didn't come up with anyone. However, if I were put in that situation I may be able to come up with someone. The will to survive, at any cost, is great. I think I would probably do it too if it were me, just would have to find the person to inflict the bad luck with.
What I wonder though, is what happens when the extension is over...as Maoster said, Tom's situation was much worse than what happened to Streeter, and maybe what goes around comes around.