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In the short story "The Catbird Seat" by James Thurber, what is the climax of the plot?

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The story “The Catbird Seat” appears to have multiple climaxes. Martin is the “head of the filing department” in the company called F & S. Ugline is a new employee who works as a special advisor to the company’s president, Mr. Fitweiler. Martin is fed up with Ugline’s high-handedness at work. He detests her “quacking voice and braying laugh.” He is particularly offended by her plans to “destroy the efficiency and system” of the company by continuously undermining long-standing employees of the firm. When he discovers that Ugline wants to interfere with his department, he prepares a plan that is meant to annihilate Ugline’s influence within the company. The first climax of the story thus happens when Martin effects his plan. He visits Ugline’s house unexpectedly, a little after nine in the night, with the intention of killing her. However, he changes plans and instead tells Ugline the most outrageous things, while smoking a Camel and drinking a highball (it is...

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