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In The Catbird Seat Erwin Martin a diligent employee of F S for twenty-two years is driven insane by new co-worker Ulgine Barrows Mr Martin is a very conservative man who has never taken a drink or smoked in his life Mr Martin despises her quacking voice and braying laugh She is always asking him strange questions like are you lifting the oxcart out of the ditch Are you tearing up the pea patch He feels she is attempting to destroy the efficiency and system of F S Another source of animosity is that Mrs Barrows is given the title of special adviser to the president of the firm Mr Fitweiler Mrs Barrows is clearly not qualified for such a position and only received the job because Mr Fitweiler likes her Mr Martin knows that Mrs Barrows is about to make some big changes to his department He devises a scheme to kill Mrs Barrows and mislead the investigation by leaving cigarette butts at the scene On the evening that he had planned to kill Mrs Barrows he walked to her house very cautious of being seen by someone who might recognize him He rang the doorbell and she invited him inside She offered him a drink and he requested a scotch-and-soda He searched for a weapon that he could use to kill her but he could not find anything that would get the job done He was a bit intimidated by the size of Mrs Barrows and did not want to get into a physical confrontation with her Instead he told her that he was a heroin user and had a plan to kill Mr Fitweiler Upon her arrival at work the next day she immediately told Mr Fitweiler the whole story Mr Fitweiler assumed that she had lost her mind and even suggested that she see a psychiatrist Mrs Barrows was fired from her job and Mr Martin could not have
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