Imagine my delight, then, when I found the following as I read more from The High Window:
“`The old woman treats her like a rough parent treats a naughty child.'
“`I see. Regressive.'
“`Emotional shock, and the subconscious attempt to escape back to childhood. If Mrs. Murdock scolds her a good deal, but not too much, that would increase the tendency. Identification of childhood subordination with childhood protection.'
“`Do we have to go into that stuff?' I growled.”Chandler puts the analysis in a supporting character's mouth (and that character is a doctor); Marlowe is skeptical of the diagnosis, but despite his gruff response, to which the doctor responds with good humor, he listens. In The Galton Case, the psychologist is the protagonist, Lew Archer, and the psychological pronouncements are offered with the humorless arrogance of the true-believing amateur. I know which I prefer.
© Peter Rozovsky 2012