The Catbird Seat

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The Catbird Seat 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 …

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…mind, and even suggested that she see a psychiatrist. Mrs. Barrows was fired from her job and Mr. Martin could not have been more pleased. Two important truths about life are illustrated in “The Catbird Seat.” From Mr. Martin we see that we do not really know a person unless we know all of their thoughts. From Mrs. Barrows we see that if we make enough enemies someone will eventually make us pay the price.