In his mind, Harry understood that for his disobedience and the resulting damages, some form of retaliation was deserved. But from deep within his limbic processor, Harry resented Maurice for hitting him. The feeling seethed inside him, strengthened by his inability to act on it.
Deus et Machina
David Knell

A perfect description. It’s very functional, but it’s also precisely accurate to how a child reacts emotionally to getting hit. I both feel bad for Harry, a little worried, a little interested, all at the same time.

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