Chapter 20

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Chapter 20

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To know a thing well, know its limits. Only when pushed beyond its tolerances will true nature be seen.
(The Amtal Rule)
Do not depend only on theory if your life is at stake.
(Bene Gesserit Commentary)

Duncan stands with the ghola-Teg on the no-ship practice floor thinking of how he must restore Teg's memories. The Bene Gesserit designed his childhood after the original. Duncan discusses Teg's life with the ghola. He warns him that restoring his memories will cause great mental and physical pain and it's his job to prepare him for that. This ghola is a special case since his cells were taken before the Bashar died so there is no memory of death. He tells the ghola to limit his trust, especially for the Bene Gesserit. Duncan tells him a story about a dog he had in a former life. On a beach, the dog got spit in his eye from a clam hole. The dog dug up the clam and brought it to his master. The dog was pleased because he eliminated the spitter and pleased his master at the same time. Teg realizes that they are obedient dogs to the Bene Gesserit. The story was for Murbella too, who was listening at the door. She warns that Bellonda will not like him talking about the Sisterhood that way but Duncan says he's been given a free hand. Duncan and the ghola begin training again. Murbella sees things with a new awareness and feels a step further away from her former sisters. She still misses the unstoppable power or the Honored Matres though. She misses the flow of males to sexually bond also. She feels defeated, which Honored Matres aren't used to feeling. She considers the Bene Gesserit ultimately valuable to the Honored Matres and judges them and her former self to be vain. She looks back on the Honored Matres as being childish. Duncan and the ghola rest and Duncan warns him that he's an Atreides and he shouldn't do things just to make grand gestures. The ghola say even a dog's life has it's price. Duncan decides to talk to Sheeana about this to find a better way to restore Teg's memories.
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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