Some never participate. Life happens to them. They get by on little more than
dumb persistence and resist with anger or violence all things that might lift
them out of resentment-filled illusions of security.
-Alma Mavis Taraza
All day long Odrade has been going from comeye recordings of Scytale to Teg, Duncan and Murbella to staring out her window and thinking about Burzmali's final report. Would Teg obey when restored? How soon can they do it? What happened to the Rabbi? Should they start Sharring in extreme and devistate morale? After they agrue about what kind of hold new sandworms in The Scattering might have on the universe Bellonda resorts to staring at Odrade mercilessly while she oscillates. Tamalane enters, the Proctors have voted in confidence of Mother Superior by one vote. Still no word from Dortujla either. They contemplate an all out attack on Gammu, in reaction the Honored Matres surely redouble there efforts to find Chapterhouse and wipe them out. Odrade refuses to use her little bit of prescience, they learned the nature of that trap from Paul and Leto II. They discuss attacking Junction, Teg has the place mapped out in his memory. Odrade orders spies and agents sent out, they must push for a meeting with the Honored Matres on Junction. Bell will figure her plan out by morning. After Tam and Bell leave, Odrade stretches out in her bedroom and tries to imagine what the Honored Matre commander, or Spider Queen as she calls her, is like. Is she sane? They are beyond megolomania. Opposition provokes them into hysteria by choice. Teg's last stand on Rakis and the males they have been training to enslave Honored Matres may have provoked this. If the stories about Teg from Gammu were true would the no-ship hold him? Why did they accept Taraza's plan unquestioningly? What would the Honored Matre hysteria become when they finally suffer a meaningfull defeat? The violence would escalate. Evidence confirms that Honored Matres evolved from an autocratic bureaucracy. They thought they had the right to rule, no decisions are wrong, it never happened. Odrade realizes that this is the key to defeating them. She hopes the ghola Teg would still have his ability to break cycles of violence. She must go face Sheeana, there are plenty of sandtrout, but why are there still no worms? She feels sure she's seen the weakness of the HM this night.
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