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    Default He did his throat cutting behind his office door.

    I don't understand the underlined sentence. (p 383 in the Pelican Brief )

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    Marty Velmano was a ruthless shark who worked eighteen hours a day, and felt useless unless someone near him was bleeding. He was the heart and soul of White and Blazevich. To the power people of Washington, he was a tough operator with plenty of money. He lunched with congressmen, and played golf with cabinet members. He did his throat cutting behind his office door.

    Thank you so much! ^^

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    Default Re: He did his throat cutting behind his office door.

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    I don't know what Marty's job is, but it seems to involve making life very difficult for others, and that is what he did in his office.

    I'll need more context, but you can also wait for someone who's seen the movie or read the book. It shouldn't take long.
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    Default Re: He did his throat cutting behind his office door.

    Quote Originally Posted by Brightsun View Post
    I don't understand the underlined sentence. (p 383 in the Pelican Brief )

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    Marty Velmano was a ruthless shark who worked eighteen hours a day, and felt useless unless someone near him was bleeding. He was the heart and soul of White and Blazevich. To the power people of Washington, he was a tough operator with plenty of money. He lunched with congressmen, and played golf with cabinet members. He did his throat cutting behind his office door.

    Thank you so much! ^^
    The meaning could be open to interpretation.

    I understand it to mean that Marty is a powerful, rich, important person.

    However, "he did his throat cutting" = he did his dirty business. Possibly some mafia type involvement, organising murders, etc.
    And "behind his office door" = in secret.

    Other people may interpret this differently.

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    Default Re: He did his throat cutting behind his office door.

    I agree with the general idea, but couldn't the 'office door' be literal- he was pleasant when lunching and golfing with the powerful, then did his really dirty work in the privacy of his office.

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    Default Re: He did his throat cutting behind his office door.

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    I agree with the general idea, but couldn't the 'office door' be literal- he was pleasant when lunching and golfing with the powerful, then did his really dirty work in the privacy of his office.
    Yes, of course. Without reading the book itīs hard to know exactly how this man conducted his business.

    However, I think we all agree that he didnīt do his 'dirty business' in public.

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    Default Re: He did his throat cutting behind his office door.

    We certainly do.

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