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First, and particularly in Princess Diana's case, students were struck by the morbid fascination with the "details of death." Here we find a contrast: Princess Diana's death shocked us in its suddenness and violence; Mother Teresa's passing saddened us by its protractedness and inevitability.
About this protractedness there are some unusual features.
Protractedness is not the result of foolishness of choice but murkiness of the situation.