Chapter 13

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Chapter 13

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Oh, worm of many teeth,
Canst thou deny what has no cure?
The flesh and breath which lure thee
To the ground of all beginnings
Feed on monsters twisting in a door of fire!
Thou hast no robe in all thy attire
To cover intoxications of divinity
Or hide the burnings of desire!

-Wormsong from the Dunebook

After shield practice with the ghola, Paul is worried about Chani who had become ill earlier that day. He's trying not to think about the future and just go with the flow. He's already prolonged her life by things he's concealed from her. If he chose her over an heir it would be slave pits, torture and worse for them. Just then Chani enters, looking like she wants to kill someone. Someone has been secretly administering contraceptives to her and this will cause complications with the birth. Her life burns faster now and she'll have to eat more spice now to counter it. She knows Irulan did it and want to kill her but Paul forbids it. Paul thinks to himself that Irulan has actually extended her life, he knows she will die in childbirth. Chani doesn't like it that Paul's practicing with the ghola. Paul asks him how he will die, Hayt says, "of power and money". That pisses Chani off. They discuss the idea of restoring Duncan's memories. While discussing it, the original Duncan surfaces for a moment, Paul and Chani recognize it. Chani asks if Duncan would have let Irulan go on living and Paul says he would if he wished it. Chani says she's hungry and the pregnancy goes too fast. Paul thinks to himself that the fetus knows the need for speed.
They were destroyed because they lied pretentiously. Have no fear that my wrath
will fall upon you because of your innocent mistakes.

~Leto II, God Emperor
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