The therapist's hobby is acting and plays the part of Imogen in the play Cymbeline. Imogen is a virtuous woman, daughter of King Cymbeline. However, Amy, no Imogen, ends up with another loser, "sadistic creep." Peter attends the play and notices that Amy seems
"His ambitions had faded, and life could be various and perversely satisfying in Hampton."
"The recently arrived professionals, academics and technologists, had brought to Hampton a self-conscious blessed assurance, unaware of the beatings, arson and murder that thrived in the hills around their white-trim shutters."
"He could hardly say; his perspective was that of a criminal lawyer who knew the annals of wickedness."
"These were relics of the age of concern, grown decadent with underfunding, long on ideology and short on practical solutions."
"Matthews's life had become so solitary he had almost stopped caring what he said, or to whom."
"Her state of agitated regret seemed to visibly depart."
"He was the man whose ex-wife had once said of him, 'You don't care whether you even get laid, as long as you can make some woman unhappy.'"