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.