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[Perspectives] Don’t get angry get…active

In Ian McEwan’s Saturday, a petty criminal is insulted by a perceived slight, inflicted unwittingly by neurosurgeon Henry Perowne. To redress this challenge to his status he invades Perowne’s elegant home, later the same Saturday. The invader pulls a knife, orders Perowne’s adult daughter to shed her clothes, in front of the rest of the family, and threatens murder and rape, perhaps in the other order. Perowne has correctly guessed that the would-be assailant has Huntington’s disease and, lying to him that he has in his study information on a new treatment, attracts him upstairs.

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