2) Feelings among the lepers were as mixed as the feelings of the people about to receive them. Some of the members of the colony dared not admit even to themselves that their departure filled them with as much dread as had their arrival. The island had given them undreamt-of security and many dreaded losing that. Some of the islanders, even though there was not a mark, not a blemish, to indicate that they had been leprous, were full of trepidation that they would never be able to live a normal life.
This extract expresses the people's feelings after they were cured,they dreaded of going away. They thought that the rest of the people were not going to accept them in the outer world.Lepers thought that they belonged to the margin. Moreover, they thought that they were frail. In general there was the stereotype that all the lepers, even though those who did not have any blemishes, were different from the others and the healthy people did not want to co-exist with them. The prejudice ,in this case, was fear for the illness. Finally I agree with what Dalai Lama said: 'In the practise of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher', which means that your enemy can help you become tolerant and open to difference.So if people in Plaka understand it,only then they can be open minded and truly free.