American Experience
Early Years: Pivotal Decisions
Pivotal Decisions: Should a Flash of Anger End Their Relationship?

You chose Choice Three, which is what actually happened. Blalock sincerely apologized to Thomas for his outburst.

This type of behavior is more the exception than the rule for Blalock. He wants to correct the situation and get Thomas back to work in the lab.

And he went across the hall and went to Dr. Blalock's office and said, 'I would like my pay.' And Dr Blalock said, 'Well, why are you going to ask for your pay? You're doing good work.' And he said, 'The way you talked to me this morning. I can't take that. I wasn't raised that way, My home upbringing wasn't like that, and I want my pay.'

He actually apologized to this 19-year-old youngster. And he said, 'I'll never do that again.'
-- Nat Crippens


Blalock will retain Thomas, who has proven to be a skilled assistant.
He might gain increased loyalty and respect from Thomas for his decision.
The research on shock will continue without interruption.


By apologizing to a black youth, Blalock will assume an uncommon and questionable role for a white southerner.
Blalock might worry that similar mistakes in the lab experiments will occur again.

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