Sam, allowing Bob some time to ponder the implications of his new situation, expects Bob not just to understand how much trouble he’s in, but also to accept that he is no longer the master of his own fate. But mostly, Sam wants Bob to allow himself the possibility of a happy ending--if he can follow instructions. To imagine that there may be a carrot hidden somewhere in this new scenario, something--anything--to motivate beyond the stick that Sam believes he now holds over Bob’s head.
Sam waits for 10 minutes before returning to his seat.
“Relax, Mr. Wobble. To be sure we all understand what’s going on here, why don’t you tell me what you’ve figured out, and I’ll correct you when you’re wrong. OK?”
“Yes, of course.” ...