Hunchback Jack wrote:Um, what? When did the Water of Life become a healing agent? Why do they suddenly loathe Shaddam?
Ch.36. (193) Farad’n born on Salusa Secundus. Shaddam and Wensicia abusing Dalak, the father.* (Who turns out to be a cousin of Count Fenring? Of course, everyone is always related to everyone else in these books!)
Ch.59. (312) On Salusa Secundus, Shaddam accuses Dalak of theft. His own wife, Wensicia, shoots him with a dart gun when Garon hesitates to kill him. Shaddam decides to send daughter Rugi to “Great Surrender” ceremony.
Ch.71. (373) Garon on Tleilax; informs Fenring of Corrino murder of his cousin Dalak. More plods within plods within plods. Marie fights and kills 15 BT Sardaukar gholas single-handedly. In the dark. Fenring deems her ready for use.
My synopsis of the banquet scenes:
Ch.95. (488) Truly painful dinner scene. During stunning repartee, Marie drops some food and ducks under table to retrieve it. When she doesn’t reappear, Alia ducks under to see what she’s doing and Marie attacks. Fenrings release various toxic powders and gasses and attack. Alia eventually kills Marie by stabbing her in the back with the Shaddam dagger, which the Count had brought to table. Korba christens her “Saint Alia of the Knife”.* (Well THANK THE MAKER that I lived long enough to have that one explained! Sheesh!)
Ch.96. (497) Paul approaches the fallen girlchild and lowers his guard, sympathizing with the grieving Count. Taken aback when Margot reveals the identity of Marie’s father, he leaves himself open to attack by Fenring, who plunges the dagger into his chest.
Ch.97. (499) Paul collapses, Chani and Alia rush to his side, call for Suks. Chani hits on idea of giving him Water of Life to stop time (or at least his heart) and give the Suks time to repair the damage. Eventually his heart starts beating again and Irulan wonders, as she sheds tears of joy, if she ... loves him?! Paul recovers and Irulan sees Korba make off with the knife.
Ch.98. (505) Paul judges Fenrings and sentences them to exile with Shaddam on Salusa Secundus.