Running with Scissors Setting & Symbolism

Augusten Burroughs
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Northampton

Dr. Finch lives in Northampton, where many post residences are. Northampton is a place that Augusten admires. He dreams of a pristine home with fancy cars and luxurious furnishings. During his first drive in the neighborhood, it seems that many of the houses in fact look just as he imagines.

The Finch house, though, suffers from years of abuse and neglect, much like Augusten himself. The house receives little cleaning because no one takes responsibility for the messes therein.

Dr. Finch's Office

Early in Deidre's therapy, Augusten spends much time waiting in Dr. Finch's office. He becomes friends with Hope there, and a friendship with such an older, mature person makes Augusten himself feel mature.

During one session with eh doctor, though, Augusten becomes disturbed. The doctor confirms rumors that he keeps a room in the office for masturbating. The doctor claims that such actions are not...

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