Claudia Daventry

Autumn Morning Island of Bute, Michael Russell
An intense dialogue about the wallpaper or the rug would do as well provided that both parties believe – Reber, 1985
We don’t want to overpathologise normals, but

he saw a chameleon in card eight,

which you might expect if he were French

– we know the English see cats and dogs –

and we’re not certain whether it is significant

that he refers to a troll rather than an ogre

in card four. Card seven he saw human

which is a standard response in Japan

and North America but not here, where

research has shown high preference for spider.

As it happens, our clinician is also bilingual

which caused some confusion in card three

as, for her, a bow tie is also a butterfly,

the cause of the aberration being semantic,

merely; an internalisation by the examiner,

not the indication of above-average creativity

one finds in the artistic population (as opposed

to the non-artistic normal population): nota bene

the unique response has a positive correlation

with amygdalar enlargement. Concerns with sex:

his response bra was categorized under clothing

by the female clinician though on a second reading

our psychologist, Max, felt it to be repression,

perhaps, given that he found buttocks

in the wolf’s head, also latent homosexuality.

On card six he claimed Christmas Elves

which, since it is not Christmas and he is not

Scandinavian, is, we think, worthy of comment.

Card one was unequivocal. He just gave us bats.