From the given options, choose the sentence that completes the paragraph in the most appropriate way.
Most people at their first consultation take a furtive look at the surgeon’s hands in the hope of reassurance. Prospective patients look for delicacy, sensitivity, steadiness, perhaps unblemished pallor. On this basis, Hendry Perowne loses a number of cases each year. Generally, he knows it’s about to happen before the patient does: the downward glance repeated, the prepared questions beginning to falter, the overemphatic thanks during the retreat to the door.
- Other people do not communicate due to their poor observation.
- Other patients don’t like what they see but are ignorant of their right to go elsewhere.
- But Perowne himself is not concerned.
- But others will take their place, he thought.
- These hands are steady enough, but they are large.
I feel the answer should be 3 as it is a continuation of the context related to Perowne. But the answer book reasons it out to be 2. Can someone help me understand the issue? The explanation in the answer book is as follows.
The paragraph is about what indications patients look for in a doctor, with particular reference to his hands. Hence, the last sentence must be about this. The theme is about what the patients do when they notice a doctor’s hand. So 1 & 4 are ruled out. What Perowne thinks is sequential, but will belong early in the next para, not here. Hence, 3 & 4 are eliminated. On testing through reading, 2 uses the same kind of language as the para, continues the idea of the previous sentence and is in keeping with the theme sentence.