Sottopassaggio (2011)

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As he follows me to the big sofa in the window, he says, “But that’s madness!”
We squat opposite ends of the sofa, half turning our bodies so that we face each other.
“I know,” I say with a doleful s
...igh. “But she’s in this sort of… I don’t know. Victim mode?”
Tom nods. “I used to work with a woman called Kerry. Every guy she ever dated used her as a punching ball. You ended up wondering if it wasn’t in some way her fault.”
I grimace to show that I’m uncomfortable with the logic.
Tom shrugs. “She chose those men, she stayed with them…”
“Well, yeah. That’s the thing with Jenny,” I say. “She thinks it’s normal. She says her ex Giles used to slap her as well. Even her parents slapped each other, apparently.”
Tom shakes his head. “Stupid bitch,” he says. “I tell you, if she goes back to that arsehole, I’ll take an iron bar to her head.”
I shrug. “I expect she’d consider that quite acceptable.”
Tom shakes his head. “Silly cow,”
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