When the going gets tough, people argue. Eventually you have to come to an agreement to be able to move on...

Just because a group of people were chosen because they were the best ones to do the job, doesn't mean that they will like each other.

When we get older, no matter how radical we might have been or might still be, the next generation will always produce someone with unexpected talents. Someone who we might have underestimated.

Many times our own resentments prevent us from having empathy with another person's situation. Anna, an escaped slave, had not given much thought to why Marvelina had found her privileged situation so intolerable...

Joe and Marvelina both feel like they are outsiders. Joe is an escaped slave with a troubled conscience. Marvelina has escaped but is troubled by her own lack of understanding of how the world works.

There are many unique life forms on the planet Grandmother. It was one reason why the Squares came there. One thing they overlooked completely was the Sacred Herb. But the natives of the planet call it sacred for a reason...

Marvelina started dreaming only after escaping, when she started eating real food. She has some trouble at first distinguishing between what is real and what is not.

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