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Bad, bad analogies (Cyteen)

This is from a locked discussion of only tangentially related stuff that drifted, reposted here because I am disturbingly proud of my delightfully awful analogy.

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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Gone away, gone ahead,
Echoes roll unanswered.
Empty, open, dusty, dead.
Why have all the Weyrfolk fled?

Where have dragons gone together
Leaving weyrs to wind and weather,
Setting herdbeasts free of tether;
Gone, our safeguards, gone, but whither?

Have they flown to some new weyr
Where cruel Threads some others fear?
Are they worlds away from here?
Why, oh why the empty weyr?

-- "The Question Song", Anne McCaffrey
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