While in Bangkok the heroine of Tess Gerritsen’s 1992 thriller novel Never Say Die has a momentary urge to give a Thai doctor a taste of his own medicine. (But then, I guess most of us have felt that feeling at one time or another.)
The doctor, whom she suspected of harboring sadistic tendencies, took the final stitch, tied it off and snipped the silk thread. ‘You see,’he said cheerfully. “That wasn’t so bad.”
She felt like slugging him in the mouth and saying, You see, that wasn’t so bad, either.