Lien abstains from the egg. Though Gan is unaware of how much his life will change, he notes later in the narration that he had an inkling he would be impregnated that same night from the fact that he was given a whole egg for himself. His life was about to change regardless, though he had no notion of the fear that he would have to face as part of it. Her hair is graying, and old age is clearly setting in. Lien is aware that she is about to lose Gan as he begins to undertake the responsibility of bearing Tlic children. This fills Lien with enmity toward the Tlic who used to be her close friend.
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Lien abstains from the egg. Though Gan is unaware of how much his life will change, he notes later in the narration that he had an inkling he would be impregnated that same night from the fact that he was given a whole egg for himself. His life was about to change regardless, though he had no notion of the fear that he would have to face as part of it.
Her hair is graying, and old age is clearly setting in. Lien is aware that she is about to lose Gan as he begins to undertake the responsibility of bearing Tlic children. This fills Lien with enmity toward the Tlic who used to be her close friend. While poking Gan with her legs to see his body fat, she begins to caress him instead. Lien is embittered by this and interjects that Gan is still too thin, rather abruptly. Download it! Lien resists at first, but eventually begrudgingly obeys and drinks, her face visibly relaxing as she does.
Lien has neglected to account for the negative impact her death would have on her family. The masses of Tlic outside all want access to the Terrans and do not understand why they are protected in the Preserve at all.
His role is essential to the prosperity of great numbers of people, even if he has been given little choice in the matter.
Lien does not want to, but eventually relents. The sting does not hurt, but has a sedative effect. Aware that it would cause her shame in the morning, though, he opts not to. Lien, inebriated, speaks with honesty for the first and only time in the story.
Childish though he is, Gan recognizes that to exploit her moment of honesty, even for something as innocent as receiving overdue affection, would wound her pride, which has become the most important thing in her life.
She was there when he was born, holding him within minutes and giving him egg within days. Active Themes Related Quotes with Explanations Gan surmises that had Qui been raised in such a way, perhaps he would not hate and fear the Tlic as much as he does.
Even so, Qui makes sure that he gets his fair portion of every egg that is made available. Qui witnessed a similarly traumatic experience to what Gan will soon witness, though he did not have the long-earned foundation of trust, since he was not raised by Tlic. Rather than face his fear as Gan ultimately manages to, Qui only ever runs from it. She orders, and they obey.
But since Qui is in no shape to help, she relents. Meanwhile, Lomas has begun regaining consciousness. There is a brief mention made of the armband that both Gan and Bram Lomas wear that identifies themselves and their Tlic mates.
The tone used to refer to the armband evokes images of a prison camp where all inmates must wear identification, or even of dog collars. Pointedly, the Tlic wear no such armbands. When Gan hesitates, she strikes him with her tail hard enough to throw him off his feet. Gan gets up and goes to look for a weapon to kill an animal with. Feeling unsure of himself, Gan fetches a hidden and contraband rifle from the kitchen with which to kill an animal.
Guns had been outlawed after the Terrans and the Tlic had spent several years fighting and killing each other, before peace had been made by integrating families. The animal he kills is, in effect, a sacrificial lamb, just as Bram Lomas currently is—giving his own mortal security to give birth to Tlic children—and as Gan soon will be.
Active Themes Gan goes out and kills a large animal with the rifle, carrying it over his shoulder. Gan uses the rifle because, unlike the rest of his family, he lacks the capacity to kill the animal with a knife.
The rifle is his way of exercising power. Though in this instance it is the power to kill, later on it will also represent his power to choose. Gan begins to feel panicked at the thought of it, not wanting to be involved.
Active Themes Lien returns and offers to help Gan hold Lomas down, but Gan convinces her to leave again, insisting that he can handle it himself. Active Themes Lomas regains consciousness again. After she is finished though, she will sting him to sleep. For Gan, who is watching, the common fear of abandonment is given a horrific affirmation; to be left alone means to undergo torturous pain. He screams in agony but she pays little attention, licking the blood away her saliva helps slow the bleeding.
Lomas passes out. The toxins released by the hatching eggs induce a state not dissimilar to labor, where the human host experiences great pain and has limited time to get the babies out of their body. They have been feeding on his blood vessels. Active Themes Gan realizes that although he has known about the birth process his whole life, he was not prepared to actually see it and perhaps never would be.
It makes her appear alien to Gan, which he would never have thought possible. This includes the realization that he and his Tlic mate are fundamentally different beings and in a different setting could have easily occupied the roles of predator and prey, rather than mates. He does so and finds that when he is finished he is crying uncontrollably.
Whenever he closes his eyes he sees visions of red worms digging through bloody human flesh. These fears are amplified by the fact that Gan knows he will be impregnated soon, if not tonight.
Gan explains what has happened and that there were many healthy grubs extracted. The doctor dashes toward the house. She too runs toward the house. Active Themes Qui asks Gan what he saw and can smell the vomit in the air. He tells Gan that now he knows what will happen to his own body in the future. Gan tries to walk away from him, reflecting on how he and Qui used to be close friends, until Qui started trying to run away.
Soon enough, Qui realized there was nowhere to run to, so he focused on getting whatever eggs he could to drink. Active Themes.
I had been told all my life. I felt the familiar sting, narcotic, mildly pleasant. Then the blind probing of her ovipositor. The puncture was painless, easy. When the Tlic realize that humans make excellent hosts for Tlic eggs, they establish the Preserve to protect the humans, and in return require that every family choose a child for implantation. Gan uses an illegal rifle to kill an Achti, a large animal kept on the Preserve, to provide nonhuman sustenance for the larvae.
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