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    Subsequent disposition


    What I need to help with is:

    (A guy wants a doctor to kill him)

    "Are you ready?" finally asked the surgeon.
    "Perfectly." The answer was cool and determined.
    The manner of the surgeon, however, showed much perturbation. The pallor that had come into his face at the moment his decision was formed became intense. A nervous tremulousness overcame his frame. Above it shone the light of enthusiasm.
    "Have you a choice in the method?" he asked.
    "Yes; extreme anaesthesia."
    "With what agent?"
    "The surest and quickest."
    "Do you desire any--any subsequent disposition?"
    "No; only nullification; simply a blowing out, as of a candle in the wind; a puff--then darkness, without a trace. A sense of your own safety may suggest the method. I leave it to you."
    "No delivery to your friends?"
    "None whatever."

    W.C.Morrow, The Monster-maker, 1897

    I have trouble in understanding the phrase subsequent disposition. Does the surgeon ask the young guy how to deal with his corpse after he has given him the killing medicine?

    Thanks a lot

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    Re: Subsequent disposition

    What do you want me to do with your body?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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