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5. What are some of the weapons that Arnold Friend uses against Connie

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Arnold's main weapons against Connie are manipulation and flattery; she has no immunity to these things, and thus, they become a tool to ensnare her. He compliments Connie's beauty, and she wants more. But when flattery doesn't work, he uses manipulation and threatens her family. She reacts by moving along in a sort of trance, unable to think because she cannot believe what's happening. A call to the police falls short because she cannot get out the words, and in turn, she becomes Arnold's puppet like accomplice.