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James Thurbers short story The Catbird Seat begins in medias res Thurber introduces us to Mr Erwin Martin a structured individual entertaining thoughts of casual lunacy amongst his otherwise pedantic existence The suspense in the short story is triggered even before the plot unfolds for it is clear that Mr Erwin Martin an efficient twenty year employee at FS is varying from his normal everyday routine The suspense is set in motion the moment Mr Martin purchases a pack of Camel cigarettes as it was known at FS that he did not smoke and never had 632 The suspense is magnified when Mr Martins plan to rub out Mrs Ulgine Barrows is revealed 632 It is not known at this time why he desires to take such an insane and drastic measureMr Martins animosity towards Mrs Barrows is exposed when he ponders the first day he met her He recalls from that day forward how she has consistently beleaguered him for almost two years It is only through this flashback that Mr Martin reveals the origin of his hatred for Mrs Barrows Her attacks on the integrity of FS her offensive manner and inappropriate use of meaningless jargon motivate the bizarre trial in the mind of Mr Martin In the midst of the story it is revealed just how a woman with such erratic behavior became a part of the team at FS It was Mrs Barrows that rescued Mr Fitweiler president of FS at a party from a drunken chap who had mistaken him for a retired football coach This unexpected meeting is the end for Mrs BarrowsIt is clear that Mr Fitweiler supports Mrs Barrows activities Mr Fitweiler not only terminates members of his staff but also defends her ideas with the greatest faith 634 Mr Martin although unhappy with the changes initiated by Mrs Barrows knows complaining about her will accomplish nothing It is not until her personal attack on his department
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