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Theodore Thomas

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Robert

Robert is a young man driving down the turnpike on a beautiful day with his mother in the passenger seat. He is a skilled driver, reacting calmly and appropriately when another car hits him. He finds himself staring into the eyes of a driver in oncoming traffic and feeling pity for the sleeping girl in the other car's passenger seat. When Robert awakens from the hypnotically simulated crash, he is stunned and emotionally affected. He is particularly moved by the thought that his mother and the sleeping girl would have died. Still he accepts that this was a simulation and signs the form for his application. He believes he has played by the rules, so he is shocked to find that he will be committed for mental treatment for continuing with his wish to drive. He feels helpless to resist.

Uniformed man

The uniformed man is reassuring as he wakes Robert from the hypnotically simulated crash. He is kind as he explains what has happened and engages with him in a way designed to earn Robert's trust. As soon as Robert has signed the application, the man's demeanor becomes stricter. He is unmoving in his analysis that Robert needs professional help for his mental health.

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