Summer 1916 – The Adventure of the Malevolent Mesmerist

 

Dr. Pavellini adjusted his spectacles. He said, “What you suggest is impossible. A hypnotist, no matter how powerful, cannot force someone to perform an act that is not in their nature. The thought must already be in the subject’s mind.”

Cyrus crossed his arms and scowled. He said, “You made Mrs. Stern cluck like a chicken. Are you saying that she thinks about pecking the dirt and eating grubs?”

Pavellini smiled indulgently. “You’re a clever boy, aren’t you? The human mind is a complex engine. It produces thoughts that its owner never notices. A very skilled practitioner, might, perhaps, find thoughts that the thinker would not recognize.”