A canny manipulator of men, Sir Colin not only resists Clare's best efforts to unruffle his calm ('The shadow of regression is behind you like Satan,' he jests at one moment) but clearly touches a raw nerve in his interrogator when the conversation turns to questions of charlatanry.
Remarking upon how struck he has been by the way the same criticisms are aimed at conductors as at psychiatrists - 'In the way, you know, that it's very difficult to be an impostor surgeon, but it's quite easy, I have to tell you, to be an impostor psychiatrist' - Clare concludes, 'But we're only concerned about the bogus if it's a real risk . . .'
'Yes, it is,' counters Sir Colin calmly. 'It is very much a real one with anyone who takes a position of authority - whether he's a politician, or a churchman, or a conductor . . . or a psychiatrist.' A clear case of physician cure thyself?
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