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[Sep. 28th, 2005|12:02 pm]


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In chapter two the interviews continue. From the start, the therapist is extremely excited at the prospect of such a wonderful client. The lady is wonderful from the standpoint that she has gone through such traumatic events and allows herself to tell her entire story no matter how difficult it is for her. As the chapter continues, the therapist is desperately trying to figure out why, despite the fact that there is no clinical evidence, this woman seems to be so troubled. Unlike anything he has seen before, she has very few memories at all. The ones she does have are short or cut off suddenly. They also tend to be very clear and he continually comments how vivid they are and how articulate she is in her retelling. At this point, she has handed him a journal of about 60 pages, which takes up much of the chapter even though he doesn’t read the entire thing. Towards the end of the chapter, he is again bothered by memory of the “childlike voice” the woman used at the end of their first visit (last chapter). He begins to suspect that she has multiple personality disorder and makes reference to the fact that if that were the case, the manuscript of a journal that he had been handed would be akin to the Bible, albeit much different (“The troop formation was about to hand Robert A. Phillips, Jr., PhD., Psychotherapist, alias ‘Stanley,’ a much different bible”(18).)

Chapter 2 quote!
· “I don’t have what you’d call constant contact with anyone. Never have. Don’t want to. People bore me. Small talk, chitchat, pleasantries; it’s a pain. Nobody talks about ideas, concepts the far-out, the impossible that wouldn’t be impossible if they’d throw it around for a while, you know?”(18).

Chapter three introduces the inner workings of the Troop. We meet some of the inhabitants (the Buffer, the Gatekeeper, the Interpreter) and learn of their interactions. Their interactions appear to happen completely out of the realm of consciousness of the “lady who kneels on the orange floor pillows”. There are continual examples of how the lady changes expression and annunciation as she speaks. Here in this chapter too, Robert begins to realize that she seemingly unknowingly contradicts herself in her speech. She says her mother never knew of the abuse between her stepfather and herself when earlier she had claimed that she had known. There are also snippets into the workings of Robert’s mind. He feels compassion and sympathy for her, which in turn, makes him seem more human. You get the feeling that it is out of goodness, not maliciousness. He is doing this out of curiosity and to help the woman and others like her.

Chapter 3 quotes
· “Vanity may be a sin, but ugliness was unforgivable”(20).
· “A good plastic surgeon could change things, but that would require a verbal admission of vanity and somehow, punishment”(20).
· “I’ve never been able to keep track of time, it doesn’t mean anything to me”(25).

Feel free to go ahead and comment at will! :) Happiness always.