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    Exclamation --- by reflex of his profession ---

    What does that mean?

    The vidphone beside his bed clanged; he reached, by reflex of his profession, to acknowledge it.

    Later, it is shown, that the vidphone is sort of voice-operated, no need to reach after it.

    Does the "by reflexion of his profession" mean that is used (because of his profession) to reach after the telephone?

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    Re: --- by reflex of his profession ---

    Quote Originally Posted by Gilbert
    What does that mean?

    The vidphone beside his bed clanged; he reached, by reflex of his profession, to acknowledge it.

    Later, it is shown, that the vidphone is sort of voice-operated, no need to reach after it.

    Does the "by reflexion of his profession" mean that is used (because of his profession) to reach after the telephone?
    I think so. Sounds to me he picks up the phone at work every day so this was an automatic thing to do.

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    Re: --- by reflex of his profession ---

    Thanks. It must be a habbit, because he's very old as well and I suppose the vid(eo)phone wasn't available in his youth.

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    Re: --- by reflex of his profession ---

    Quote Originally Posted by Gilbert
    Thanks. It must be a habbit, because he's very old as well and I suppose the vid(eo)phone wasn't available in his youth.
    That's a very good point.

    A reflex is an automatic response, something you do without thinking about it, and it is related to habit.

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