Suspicions that the mind, of itself, gathers, are but buzzes; but suspicions that are artificially nourished and put into men’s heads by the tales and whisperings of others, have stings.
—Francis Bacon (1561–1626)
Brenda never really felt secure in her position at the law office as a junior attorney and always kept her eyes open for someone who might replace her. Mary, the young new lawyer the law partners hired, embodied Brenda’s worry. Brenda watched with misgiving every time Mary would talk to the senior lawyers. As soon as a partner left the room, Brenda would look directly at Mary with a silent and challenging stare, convinced that Mary was trying to weasel her way into the firm’s good graces. At every opportunity, ...