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The Short Form

“A Profession Like Any Other”

Ana María Shua

Excerpt

Don't move now. Look, it's going to be a little difficult to work on that molar from this angle. I'll have to go through your ear to reach it. I'll need to perforate the eardrum, but don't worry, I'll give you a little local anesthesia and you won't feel a thing. Just a little prick. That's right, don't move because if the scalpel slips it could cost you your brain. As I was saying, one becomes a bit of a practicing psychologist in this business. You can tell by a person's face if they're going to stiff you. If he weren't a cousin of yours, I never would have given that guy credit.