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    in a clinical, distant way

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    In a clinical, distant way, I wondered if I would perhaps be dragged from the car and lynched for attempting to murder the president. I didnít care. What concerned me most was my bloodstained shirt. I wanted it off; I also wanted to wear it forever. It was Sadieís blood.

    From the book "11/22/66" by Stephen Edwin King.


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    Re: in a clinical, distant way

    Instead of an emotional reaction to the chaotic scene, the speaker is merely analyzing the scene as if not personally involved.

    Sadie is obviously some kind of injured (or I suspect dead or dying) friend, loved one, or family member. Normally people would be very emotional about that, but instead of dwelling on that personal connection, the speaker is thinking about other possibilities in a detached manner.
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