As to why Ari I did what she did to Justin using Florian and Catlin, I thought it was spelled out pretty clearly in Cyteen, after Ari II and Justin saw the recordings. Ari II would need Justin. If she had lived to continue programming him, she would have delivered him gift-wrapped; if she had had more time (and had thought she had more time) she might have used more subtle methods that are also less rape. As it was he was sort of half-jammed into the box and arrived broken, but he arrived.
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