<Clarice Starling> You know what’s scary, Ardelia? It’s scary when somebody tells you the truth. I’d like to see him [Dr Lecter] beat the needle. If he can do that, and he’s put in an institution, there’s enough academic interest in him to keep his treatment pretty good.
Could anyone please explain me what the underlined part means?Hannibal, Thomas Harris
Could it mean that Clarice Starling wants to see if Dr Lecter passes some kind of a test or if he can bear telling him the truth?
Thanks in advance,