You are tearing me apart Vera!
“I hate Mrs. Harding, Mack; why don’t you call me Vera?”
The drawing above is based on a very short scene from the book. Dale Harding’s wife, Vera, visits the ward. While the patients are spending some time in the hospital’s library, all heads turn as Vera enters the room and blows a kiss to one of the orderlies. Harding invites McMurphy over to meet her. As Harding tells his wife about McMurphy, he gets very excited, starts to flail his hands around in a very flamboyant way. Vera and McMurphy are watching his hands when he quickly realizes what he is doing and quickly hides them between his legs. Vera asks for a cigarette and when Harding doesn’t have one to give, she begins to belittle him. She comments, “Oh Dale, you never do have enough, do you?”
She eventually gets one from McMurphy and continues to insinuate how Dale is a homosexual. She leaves and Harding asks McMurphy for an analysis of his wife. McMurphy, fed up with how Vera treated Harding, flips out and demands for everyone to leave him alone. He yells, “I’ve got worries of my own without getting hooked with yours [...] Alla you! Quit bugging me, goddammit!“
He later apologizes for yelling at everyone and explains that he’s having a bad week.
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