One of the things that has always bothered me about The Case of Charles Dexter Ward is how
The resurrected Joseph Curwen, who has murdered Charles Dexter Ward and assumed his identity
allows himself to be taken to the psychiatric hospital by Dr. Willett, several of his medical colleagues, and Charles's father. This seems almost "too easy" for our heroes, as it allows Dr. Willett unrestricted access to the character's facilities, writings, and materials, and ultimately allows Dr. Willett the opportunity to
Confront Curwen in a restricted environment (the psychiatric ward) where he is not able to fight back.
Why did this character surrender so easily when he could have called up an eldritch horror or worse, or even simply pulled out a gun, in his own defense? Clearly he has already demonstrated himself capable of killing many people up to this point.
My thoughts seem to indicate that the character was hoping to simply appear to be an innocent victim and charm his way back out, rather than risk a major confrontation in which reinforcements could be called in against him, but this seems like it would have been a huge risk
as it is the beginning of his downfall, giving Dr. Willett the opportunity to not only discover the truth but devise a way to defeat him.