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Unformatted text preview: At the beginning of this chapter, Jack Burden meets an old man who has a facial tic that is, his left cheek involuntarily twitches to a kind of rhythm, and this tic has been a part of him for so long that he is not even aware of it. Jack takes this tic, adds it to the idea of a mysterious itch in the blood that governs human behavior, and comes away with the theory of the Great Twitch. According to this theory, something in the universe sends out a bit of current, and somewhere, somebody twitches, and does something. There is, thus, no logical reason why things happen to human beings, and, therefore, there is no human responsibility for one's actions. Jack, of course, is trying to repair the damage done to his psychological "shell" when he recoiled and felt betrayed by Anne Stanton; now he is trying to deny that he is responsible for anything....
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