Equus Summary Dr. Martin Dysart is a psychiatrist who specializes in the treatment of children, but he has grown dissatisfied with his work. He is tired of his dull life and wonders if he is doing right by the children he treats. One day Hesther Salomon , a court magistrate, comes into his office, imploring him to take on a new client. This client is a seventeen- year-old boy named Alan Strang , who recently blinded six horses with a spike. She believes that only Dysart's treatment can keep the boy out of prison. Reluctantly, Dysart agrees to treat him. Alan is very uncooperative at first, singing commercial jingles rather than answering Dysart's questions. He has nightmares often, screaming in his sleep. Dysart begins to uncover things about Alan's family life; his father, Frank Strang , banned T.V. from their house, and his mother, Dora Strang , is devoutly religious and read Alan Bible passages very frequently while he grew up. Each parent believes that the other's actions while raising their son had something to do with the crime he ultimately committed. At last, Dysart is able to coax Alan into answering his questions. Alan has always been deeply fascinated by horses, and his first memory of a horse was on a beach when he was six years old. A horseman came riding by and invited Alan up to sit on the horse's neck;
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