On Friday, May 11, 2018, you wrote the following: “I'm always drawn to complex characters who do the wrong thing for the right reason, or even better, the right thing for the wrong reason. Characters who are perplexed when people don't understand their "pure motives."” I’ve been thinking about it ever since. Can you please give an example of doing the right thing for the wrong reason?
Gone Baby Gone by Dennis Lehane leaps to mind.
If you haven't read it, take a look.
The Wire is full of examples, starting with the first episode. McNulty tells Judge Phelan that the drug trade, now controlled by Avon Barksdale, is running rings around the cops. Phelan shames the police hierarchy into creating a task force to go after Barksdale. Of course McNulty doesn't care at all about Barksdale's drug business; he just wants to show off.
And one that I have always thought would be a good start to a novel: you find a hungry, grimy toddler on the stoop of a brownstone in Brooklyn. No one is around. No adults in sight. You wait with the kid for five minutes or so. Still no one. So you scoop him up, and take him home. Feed him. Bathe him. Clothe him. And keep him. And don't tell anyone. Ever. (And I don't mean keep him locked up. You treat him your own kid. You always wanted a kid, right? And this one clearly needed someone to be a good parent to him. I really can't see the harm in this. Can you?)
I'll bet readers have some examples!