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The 7 Biggest Overreactions in All of Literature

Characters in classic literature are good at many things, including but not limited to eating stale bread, wearing corsets, and dying of consumption.

Yet there is one thing they do so well as to render the rest of us AMATEURS, and that thing is OVERREACTING. I consider myself quite good at overreacting—I do it whenever I suffer a minor inconvenience or a perceived social slight—but I can’t compete with the likes of a man in a Shakespeare play who thinks his wife might be cheating on him.

Here, then, are some of literature’s biggest overreactions.