8 In Front of the Judge

Going to court in a foreign country accused of professional misconduct, in a language you don’t understand, while counterclaiming deliberate deception on the part of the former employer, is not a relaxing exercise. Your fate is debated in front of you by people in suits and strange outfits, and you don’t understand a word of what is going on.

I awoke the following week with trepidation.

To my delight, Edith was extremely cool. She was mysteriously attractive in a manner almost unbefitting a lawyer. The offices were sufficiently formal and intimidating. She appeared too sweet to be a lawyer—somehow I couldn’t picture her fighting my case in court. She had reviewed the core documents and believed the case was comparatively ...

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