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In graphical emacs on OS X, (read-event) in the scratch buffer produces left, however in iterm2 (which I configured to send esc-* for arrow keys), I get something like

(read-event)
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when I press the left arrow. Configuring iterm2 to use esc for arrow keys works well with the other programs I use and I am reluctant to change it. Is there another function I can use instead of read-event that will pick up the entire arrow key?

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