The Silence of the Lambs - Study Guide Chapters 36 - 40 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 36: Officers Pembry and Boyle are experienced at guarding prisoners, and have taken every precaution with Lecter, including subjecting him to an oral and internal cavity search. When the metal detector beeps over his cheek, Pembry believes it is because of Lecter's fillings. Boyle believes Lecter is "'pretty much of a broke-dick"' who won't be much trouble. (pg. 233) The cell lacks a rolling food tray. So, at mealtimes, Pembry and Boyle must secure him in a straitjacket and leg restraints, while they carry in his tray. Pembry and Boyle don't think much of Chilton, and in his absence one evening, they decide to use their own method to secure Lecter. They cuff Lecter's arms behind him through the bars of the cage, then deliver the meal. Lecter eats slowly while listening to the Goldberg Variations. In a meditative mood, Lecter runs his tongue along...

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