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Finally, Michelle Leichtman and Stephen Ceci "challenged" children who had reported suggested information with "Did you really see that or just hear about it?" and a countersuggestion, "You didn't really see him do that, did you?" (193) In their most suggestive condition involving repeated misleading questioning plus the induction of a negative stereotype, initially seventy-two percent of the children responded falsely to a direct question about Sam Stone's behavior.
When the countersuggestion was given, he stated, "Oh, I thought you meant just like the beginning, the middle, the end.
In both situations Eve is somewhat at a loss; her positive desire to be alone is met with a wily countersuggestion, and the prospect of the actual union, "the strange experience of beauty," is both alluring and "poison." There are several reasons for her ambivalence, the first of which is intrinsic to her: even in this poem she is the object of suspicion, "the central flaw / in that first crystal-fine experiment, / this amalgamation which can never be more / than an interesting impossibility." As the smooth shading of "that first crystal-fine experiment" into "this amalgamation" shows, Eden and marriage are closely allied in this poem, each an experiment, each doomed because of Eve's presence as "the central flaw."