"Sometimes," the doctor went on in a liquid tone, "sometimes there will be a withered leg or a blind eye or a crumpled back. Oh, I know the sting of the scorpion, my friend, and I can cure it."
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Answered by jill d #170087
The fact that the doctor is speaking in a "liquid tone," reveals that he is manipulative, that he changes demeanor when he desires something for himself. We experience the doctor's deceptive traits in this passage.