The Catbird Seat

by James Thurber

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What is Mrs. Barrows' title in the firm F&S in James Thurber's short story, "The Catbird Seat"?

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Ulgine Barrows is the relatively new member of the staff of the firm F&S in James Thurber's short story, "The Catbird Seat." After schmoozing the president, Mr. Fitwiler, at a party, he hires her to improve the efficiency of the company, but in the eyes of loyal and longtime employee Erwin Martin, she is a threat to his department--and possibly his job--and deserving of death. So, Martin decides to murder her. He goes to her apartment, but before he commits this ultimate sin, however, Martin discovers another way to deal with Barrows, whose title is "the newly appointed special advisor to the president of the firm." In the end, Barrows is out, and Martin's job is safe.

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