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Imagine a strange man threatening to cut off your wifes little finger and then absurdly remarking have a nice day One perturbed reader might question what he or she had just read Illogicalyes Absurdvery much so Sickeninga guarantee But out of the questionno way This is Stephen King In his short story Quitters Inc King is able to both enrapture his readers with his horror and manipulate them with humor He establishes terrifying images by portraying the antagonist Mr Donatti to be both psychotically cruel and also disturbingly supernatural Donatti during Dick Morrisons follow up prognosis relays some privileged information about Morrisons mentally challenged half a son A shocked Morrison barks back in a startled and angry manner This is just the first time Morrison will be victim to Donattis crazed psychology Once Morrison realizes the scope of what he has gotten involved in he notices that Donatti has a peculiar way in which he deals with his patients It becomes apparent that psychological torture as well as the promised psychical abuse holds a finite amusement for Donatti Morrison notes that Donattis smile looked almost predatory as if Morrison sensed his own victimization at the hands of this daunting man Furthermore while Donatti maintains that Quitters Inc is a legitimate business cleverly employing the best medicine of all his justification of the companys philosophy is both humorous and horrible Donatti parallels World War II prisons and cocaine relapses to his pragmatist business views It is comical that one would try to justify the absurd practices that Quitters uses by citing essentially unrelated and independent examples Moreover it is intriguing how - or at least what he calls - the realist and rational means with which he governs his business appear to be quite the contrary rather absurd and horrifying A final chilling image is the one that concludes the story Morrison encounters a couple that he referred to Quitters earlier the McCanns Like himself
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