At the very beginning of Me Talk Pretty One Day, author David Sedaris describes his initial encounter during the fifth grade with an individual who would quickly come to have a major impact on his young life -- his speech therapist. Sedaris' active imagination, hardly unique among fifth grade boys, has conjured up images of himself as a spy operating in a repressive society akin to countries run by dictatorial regimes, and the arrival of this speech therapist, Miss Chrissy Samson, assumes the persona of the unwelcome visit by a member of the secret police. Describing the uncomfortable sensation of being pulled out of class at the whim of this interloper, Sedaris describes the initial encounter as follows:
An agent knocks on the door of some seemingly ordinary home or office. The door opens, and the person holding the knob is asked to identify himself. The agent then says, "I'm going to ask you to come with me."
Henceforth, Sedaris refers to Miss Samson as "Agent Samson," and as "the agent," continuing the captured spy espionage theme. His subsequent, painfully regular encounters with this practitioner of psychological warfare will repeatedly reflect his perception of his speech therapist as a hostile interrogator intent on breaking him.