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Everybody who knew concerning the state of affairs had instructed her to put off Elmer. convinced, i used to be definite I had acted along with her most sensible pursuits in brain. as a result, i used to be uncomfortable with accepting Marie’s safeguard of my professionalism. It felt conspiratorial—as notwithstanding I stated that I had anything to conceal. i used to be additionally acutely aware, despite the fact that, that she had expressed gratitude to me, and that felt solid. Our dialogue concerning the smiles unfolded such wealthy fabric for treatment that I set aside my musings approximately differing perspectives of fact and helped Marie discover her self-contempt for a way she had compromised herself with Dr. Z. She additionally tested her emotions towards me with extra honesty than earlier than: her fears of dependency, her gratitude, her anger. The hypnosis helped her to tolerate the ache till, after 3 months, her fractured jaw had healed, her dental paintings were accomplished, and the facial ache had subsided. Her melancholy more advantageous, and her anger lessened; but, regardless of those advancements, i used to be by no means capable of rework Marie within the means I had needed. She remained proud, slightly judgmental, and resistive to new rules. We persevered to satisfy, yet there appeared much less and no more to discuss; and at last, a number of months later, we agreed that our paintings had come to an finish. Marie got here in to determine me for a few minor predicament each few months for the subsequent 4 years; and, after that, our lives by no means crossed. The lawsuit dragged on for 3 years, and he or she settled for a disappointingly small sum. through that point, her anger towards Dr. Z. had rusted away, and she or he forgot approximately her answer to elevate her voice opposed to him. finally she married a candy, aged guy. I’m no longer sure no matter if she was once ever really satisfied back. yet she by no means smoked one other cigarette. Epilogue Marie’s session hour is a testomony to the boundaries of realizing. notwithstanding she, Mike, and that i shared an hour, each one folks had a drastically assorted, and unpredictable, event. The hour was once a triptych, every one panel reflecting the point of view, the colorations, the troubles, of its author. maybe if I had given Mike additional info approximately Marie, his panel may have resembled mine extra heavily. yet of my hundred hours along with her, what may still i've got shared? My inflammation? My impatience? My self-pity for being caught with Marie? My excitement along with her development? My sexual arousal? My highbrow interest? My wish to switch Marie’s imaginative and prescient, to educate her to seem inside of, to dream, to fantasize, to increase her horizons? but had I spent hours with Mike and shared all this data, nonetheless i wouldn't have appropriately conveyed my event of Marie. My impressions of her, my excitement, my impatience will not be accurately like all others i've got identified. I achieve out for phrases, metaphors, analogies, yet they by no means relatively paintings; they're at most sensible feeble approximations of the wealthy pictures that after coursed via my brain. a chain of distorting prisms block the understanding of the opposite. earlier than the discovery of the stethoscope, a doctor listened to the sounds of existence with an ear pressed opposed to a patient’s rib cage.