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Justice Prevails In The Catbird Seat James Thurber tells the story in a way that encourages the reader to take the side of the villain Normally the victim of a given circumstance is the person who is wronged However this particular story makes the reader appreciate Mr Martins character agreeing with the idea that Ulgine Barrows must at all costs disappear Although it is Martin who is deceiving in the end the reader ultimately feels relieved to see him thinking fast and turning the table when unusual situations arise Thurbers careful use of language along with the imaginary jury trial convinces readers that Martins Murder plan is justified Thurbers choice of wording throughout the story persuades the reader away from having any sympathy for Ulgine Barrows As soon as the first encounter between Martin and Ulgine is revealed the reader instantly gets a feeling of annoyance for Ulgine He had given her his dry hand a look of studious concentration and a faint smile Well she had said looking at the papers on his desk are you lifting the oxcart out of the ditchpg 368 She does not appear to be trying very hard to reveal friendly qualities only criticism toward a man that she is meeting for the first time Another way that Thurber makes Ulgine appear less appealing is the descriptive way that her words are told Her quacking voice and braying laugh had first profaned the halls of FS on March 7 1941pg368 With the use of the imaginary jury trial Thurber keeps the reader convinced that Barrows is a bad person with nothing but the most unkind intentions A gavel rapped in Mr Martins mind and the case proper was resumed Mrs Ulgine Barrows stood charged with willful blatant and persistent attempts to destroy the efficiency and system of FSpg369 As Martin reveals certain events backing up his case against Barrows he recalls the time he realized she was coming after
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