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By AJ Eckstein and Jason Ofman "The Cold Equations" Turning Point/Climax
The Turning Point: Barton, the pilot of the EDS, explains to Marilyn that her presence and her added mass will cause the ship to go into free fall and crash, thus dooming the six men dependent upon the fever serum
Following a series of questions, seeking any sort of hope, Marilyn is assured that no one can help her and that her fate is sealed
Journey towards acceptance can begin
She writes letters to her parents saying goodbye
Sad part about having to die is not that she’ll be gone but that she’ll never lay eyes on her family or the people she loves ever again (appreciates little things)
Climax: Marilyn talks to her brother through the EDS radio and in doing so, demonstrates her acceptance of her circumstance stating that, “No one can help [her] an [she’s] not going to cry any more.”
Marilyn and her brother, Gerry, say their final goodbyes and Marilyn, at last, resigns to the hopelessness of her situation stating “I’m ready” and walks toward the airlock
Resolution (Denouement)
The problems and conflicts of the story are resolved in a tragic way
Marilyn makes the solitary, unassisted walk to the airlock and is jettisoned from the EDS
The cold equation is balanced
“h amount of fuel will power an EDS with a mass of m safely to its destination,” however, “h amount of fuel will not power an EDS with a mass of m plus x safely to its destination.”
“It has to be [this] way and no human in the universe can change it.”
Literary Terms
Conflict:
Conflict exists when a character is struggling with something, another person, a grizzly bear, or even some aspects of his or her own personality
Conflict is likely to originate with something external blocking the character’s desire
5 Basic Types of External Conflicts
Person vs. Person
Person vs. Machine
Person vs. Society
Person vs. Super Natural Beings
Complications
Stowaway reveals herself as an 18-year-old girl completely ignorant of the severity of her transgression
Stows away on the EDS to see her brother (works for the government survey group on Woden)
She fosters conflict within Barton whether to perform the usual, cold stowaway procedure or to exercise human decency and compassion
Cannot jettison this particular stowaway without first exhausting all possible options to seek help
Must be jettisoned to preserve the lives of the pilot and the six men stricken with the fever on Woden
Basic Situation
Stowaway (Marilyn Lee Cross) discovered on an EDS (Emergency Dispatch Ship) on route to planet Woden carrying a carton of emergency kala fever serum
Law states “any stowaway discovered in an EDS shall be jettisoned immediately following discovery.”
May seem harsh, however, sound rationale backs it up as the EDS is only equipped with enough rocket fuel to accommodate the mass of the EDS and the mass of the pilot and cargo Plot Overview Man vs. Self
Innocence and ignorance of the stowaway engenders conflict within Barton
Should he abide by the law and coldly jettison the stowaway or exercise human decency and compassion by attempting to save the young girl
Barton’s morals are put to the test
Resolves that he must first exhaust all possible options to retrieve help or potentially save Marilyn before he can expel her to the icy recesses of space
Proves unable to prevent the inevitable (Physical laws are irrevocable and immutable) Stowaway: A person who stows away
“He visualized the stowaway cowering closer into one corner, suddenly worried by the possible consequences of his act”
The stowaway was discovered hiding in the closet

Inevitable: A situation that is unavoidable
“He began to read the disk, reading it slowly to delay the inevitable for as long as possible”
Barton knew that there was not enough fuel for Marilyn to stay, which meant that the inevitable could not be stopped In the story The Cold Equations, Marilyn grapples with nature and natural laws as she begins to comprehend the destructive potential and perils of such forces outside the protective realm of Earth. She learns the hard way that the forces of nature lend a deaf ear to human desires and impose harsh punishments upon those who unbalance the natural, cold equations that govern space travel and life on the space frontier.
Internal Conflicts
Internal conflict occurs when a character struggles against some personal quality that is causing trouble
Often the battle outside also causes a battle inside the character’s head and heart Resolution (Denouement)
The problems and conflicts of the story are resolved in a tragic way
Marilyn makes the solitary, unassisted walk to the airlock and is jettisoned from the EDS
The cold equation is balanced
“h amount of fuel will power an EDS with a mass of m safely to its destination,” however, “h amount of fuel will not power an EDS with a mass of m plus x safely to its destination.”
“It has to be [this] way and no human in the universe can change it.” Complications
Stowaway reveals herself as an 18-year-old girl completely ignorant of the severity of her transgression
Stows away on the EDS to see her brother (works for the government survey group on Woden)
She fosters conflict within Barton whether to perform the usual, cold stowaway procedure or to exercise human decency and compassion
Cannot jettison this particular stowaway without first exhausting all possible options to seek help
Must be jettisoned to preserve the lives of the pilot and the six men stricken with the fever on Woden Passage (Converted to first person)
Barton-Narrator
“Why couldn’t you have been a man with some ulterior motive? It would have made both of our lives so much simpler. You could have been a fugitive from justice hoping to lose yourself on a raw new world. Or even better, a crack pot with a mission. Perhaps once in my lifetime I could find a stowaway on my ship; a warped man, a mean and selfish man, brutal and dangerous- but never before a smiling blue eyed girl, such as yourself, willing to pay a fine and work for her keep, so you might see your brother. And of course you elected to stowaway on my EDS.” “Existence required order, and there was order; the laws of nature, irrevocable and immutable. Men could learn to use them, but men could not change them. The circumference of a circle was always pi times the diameter, and no science of man would ever make it otherwise. The combination of chemical A with chemical B under condition C invariably produced reaction D… The laws were, and the universe moved in obedience to them… The men of the frontier had long ago learned the bitter futility of cursing the forces that would destroy them, for the forces were blind and deaf; the futility of looking to the heavens for mercy, for the stars of the galaxy swung in their long, long sweep of two hundred million years, as inexorably controlled as they by the laws that knew neither hatred nor compassion. Prevalent Passage The laws of nature are blind to human desires and emotions
Superstorm Sandy was a hurricane that tore through portions of the Caribbean and the Mid-Atlantic as well as the Northeastern United States. It devastated their populations with absolutely zero concern for human emotions, desires, or possible attachments as it left thousands homeless or orphaned as well as millions without power. The superstorm “killed with neither hatred nor malice” but nevertheless, left dozens dead and destroyed many families.
Explicit Theme: “To himself and her brother and parents she was a sweet-faced girl in her teens; to the laws of nature she was x, the unwanted factor in a cold equation.” Theme Man vs. Self
Marilyn discovers that she must die in order to preserve the lives of seven others and that no one has the means to help her
She embarks upon a journey towards the acceptance of her situation and is forced to navigate and overcome the fear of her impending death
Struggles with the inevitable fear:
“But I’m afraid. I don’t want to die – not now.”
“I’m a coward and I can’t help it.”
“She stepped into the air lock and turned to face him, only the pulse in her throat to betray the wild beating of her heart.”
In the end, Marilyn understands that the sad part about her situation is not dying, it’s that she’ll never see her family again
Ultimately, she resigns to her situation, and although she never totally escapes fear (as evidenced by the third quote above) she is able to accept her unfortunate circumstance and make the most of her time on the EDS Marilyn
Direct Characterization: It was a girl
Indirect Characterization: “But I’m afraid. I don’t want to die – not now.”
Little white gypsy sandals
Faint, sweet scent of perfume coming from her
Guilty expression of a pup that has been caught in mischief and knows it must be punished
Born: July 7, 2160
Height: 5’3 Weight: 110 lbs. Eyes: blue Complexion: light Blood type: O Destination: Port City, Mimir
“I’m a coward and I can’t help it” Inured: Accustom to something unpleasant
“He was an EDS pilot, inured to the sight of death, long since accustomed to it and to viewing the dying of another man with an objective lack of emotion”
Marilyn became inured to the fact that there was an insufficient amount of fuel on the EDS and that her death would ensure the survival of seven others.

Futility: Incapable of producing any useful result
“The call would be futile, but he could not, until he had exhausted that one vain hope”
Marilyn’s hope to see her brother Gerry was futile Jettison: to throw or drop something from a ship
“Any stowaway discovered in an EDS shall be jettisoned immediately following discovery”
Marilyn needed to be jettisoned or else the pilot and all the colonists stricken with the fever would end up dying in vain Vocabulary Marilyn: 110 pounds turns into 550 pounds when entering Woden’s atmosphere (paramount factor)
The pilot knows nothing can be done to prevent her inevitable death
Marilyn is able to write a space gram to her family
Barton attempts to reach her brother and when he does Marilyn and Gerry both talk about the tragic situation
Marilyn walked into the airlock, ready to be discharged into space
It is horrible that it has to come down to this; making an innocent 18 year old girl wanting only to see her brother, but instead be jettisoned into the outskirts of space Barton retrieves the identification disk from her (a disk containing all the records of the person)
Name: Marilyn Lee Cross, Weight: 110 pounds and Date of birth: July 7, 2160
Barton gets hold of Captain Delhart (Captain of the Stardust) to try to devise a solution
Nothing he can do
Each EDS carries a limited amount of fuel, which was rationed with care
Precise amounts of fuel were calculated by the highly advanced computers, supposed to just carry the pilot and the cargo
Added mass of a stowaway would throw everything off, making their destination unreachable EDS headed to Woden carrying needed serum for the infected colonists
Interstellar Regulations state in Paragraph L, Section 8, “Any stowaway discovered in an EDS shall be jettisoned immediately following discovery”
Barton knows the law and there can be no appeal
Sympathetic and kind-hearted, Barton realizes that the innocent girl was ignorant of the law
The girl wants to see her brother Gerry, who is part of survey Group Two (8,000 miles across the Western Sea)
Family was born on Earth, and she has not seen her brother for 10 years A state or condition of mental uncertainty or excitement
Tom Godwin continually refers to the chronometer
“ It was 18:37 when she folded the letter in a square and wrote a name on it … It was 18:45 when she folded it as she had done the first letter and wrote a name and address on it”
The dialogue between Marilyn and Gerry gets cut off as Gerry loses much more than just a signal on his radio
“You’re fading out, Gerry,” “You’re going out of range; I wanted to tell you, but I can’t now” Suspense Internal conflicts occur in the story when Barton encounters a juvenile, female stowaway aboard his EDS and struggles between acknowledging the law and jettisoning the stowaway or practicing compassion by helping the seemingly innocent, ignorant young girl
Internal conflict results when Marilyn discovers that her death is tied to the survival of seven others and that no one can help her.
Conflict springs from the inevitable fear of waiting to die, however, eventually, Marilyn suppresses her fear and resigns to the hopelessness of her circumstance. Turning Point/Climax
The Turning Point: Barton, the pilot of the EDS, explains to Marilyn that her presence and her added mass will cause the ship to go into free fall and crash, thus dooming the six men dependent upon the fever serum
Following a series of questions, seeking any sort of hope, Marilyn is assured that no one can help her and that her fate is sealed
Journey towards acceptance can begin
She writes letters to her parents saying goodbye
Sad part about having to die is not that she’ll be gone but that she’ll never lay eyes on her family or the people she loves ever again (appreciates little things)
Climax: Marilyn talks to her brother through the EDS radio and in doing so, demonstrates her acceptance of her circumstance stating that, “No one can help [her] an [she’s] not going to cry any more.”
Marilyn and her brother, Gerry, say their final goodbyes and Marilyn, at last, resigns to the hopelessness of her situation stating “I’m ready” and walks toward the airlock Basic Situation
Stowaway (Marilyn Lee Cross) discovered on an EDS (Emergency Dispatch Ship) on route to planet Woden carrying a carton of emergency kala fever serum
Law states “any stowaway discovered in an EDS shall be jettisoned immediately following discovery.”
May seem harsh, however, sound rationale backs it up as the EDS is only equipped with enough rocket fuel to accommodate the mass of the EDS and the mass of the pilot and cargo Plot Overview Third person limited
Narrator is outside the story
Told with third person pronouns
Stated through Barton’s thoughts and feelings Point of View “Along the frontier were arrayed all the forces of nature, and sometimes they destroyed those who were fighting their way outward from Earth. The men of the frontier had long ago learned the bitter futility of cursing the forces that would destroy them, for the forces were blind and deaf; the futility of looking to the heavens for mercy, for the stars of the galaxy swung in their long, long sweep of two hundred million years, as inexorably controlled as they by the laws that knew neither hatred nor compassion, The men of the frontier knew- but how was a girl from Earth to fully understand? H amount of fuel will not power an EDS with a mass of m plus x safely to its destination.” Passage Indicating Writing Style The passage utilizes figurative language to underscore certain traits of natural forces and to emphasize the merciless, relentless nature of the galaxy
“The forces were blind and deaf”
“The stars of the galaxy swung in their long, long sweep of two hundred million years, as inexorably controlled as they by the laws that new neither hatred nor compassion”
The passage also refers to the futuristic setting of the story as it talks about people “fighting their way outward from Earth” and “the men on the frontier”
Highlights hopeless and defeated mood
“The futility of looking to the heavens for mercy” Figuratively Futuristic Man vs. Nature
Marilyn struggles against the harsh reality that nature’s laws have no regard for human emotions and desires
Marilyn stowed away on the EDS with the soul purpose of seeing her brother
Denied her wish and further punished by the “cold equations” that govern space travel and life on the space frontier
“h amount of fuel will power an EDS with a mass of m safely to its destination,” however, “h amount of fuel will not power an EDS with a mass of m plus x safely to its destination.” Main Conflicts Barton
Direct Characterization: Inured to the sight of death, long since accustomed to it and to viewing the dying of another man with an objective lack of emotion
Indirect Characterization: “He tried to help me, Gerry.” (Effect on Marilyn)
“It was a girl… his hand dropping away from the blaster.”
Signaled Stardust; delay the inevitable for as long as possible
“You’re not a coward. You’re afraid , but you’re not a coward.”
“I know. I understand, and I’ll take care of them.” Main Characters Science Fiction Short Story written by Tom Godwin
Story takes place on the EDS (Emergency Dispatch Ship) heading to the frontier planet Woden
EDS carries emergency supplies to desperate colonists
Any stops to visit colonies scheduled to be visited at a later time would delay and destroy their schedule
Barton, the pilot, discovers a Stowaway
No ordinary stowaway because it is a girl Summary Foreshadowing refers to clues about what is going to happen next
Examples from the Story
Language used to describe the forces of nature amplify the hopelessness of Marilyn’s situation and foreshadow a tragic outcome
- “Irrevocable and Immutable”
- “Futility of looking to the heavens for mercy”
- “No human in the universe can change it”
The author utilizes imagery to both create suspense and foreshadow future events
- “Yes, it’s colder than it should be” Foreshadowing Conflict
Conflict exists when a character is struggling with something, another person, a grizzly bear, or even some aspects of his or her own personality
Conflict is likely to originate with something external blocking the character’s desire
5 Basic Types of External Conflicts
Person vs. Person
Person vs. Machine
Person vs. Society
Person vs. Super Natural Beings Literary Terms By Aj Eckstein
And Jason Ofman The Cold Equations Basic Situation
Stowaway (Marilyn Lee Cross) discovered on an EDS (Emergency Dispatch Ship) on route to planet Woden carrying a carton of emergency kala fever serum
Law states “any stowaway discovered in an EDS shall be jettisoned immediately following discovery.”
May seem harsh, however, sound rationale backs it up as the EDS is only equipped with enough rocket fuel to accommodate the mass of the EDS and the mass of the pilot and cargo
Plot Overview In the story The Cold Equations, Marilyn grapples with nature and natural laws as she begins to comprehend the destructive potential and perils of such forces outside the protective realm of Earth. She learns the hard way that the forces of nature lend a deaf ear to human desires and impose harsh punishments upon those who unbalance the natural, cold equations that govern space travel and life on the space frontier.
Internal Conflicts
Internal conflict occurs when a character struggles against some personal quality that is causing trouble
Often the battle outside also causes a battle inside the character’s head and heart
Internal conflicts occur in the story when Barton encounters a juvenile, female stowaway aboard his EDS and struggles between acknowledging the law and jettisoning the stowaway or practicing compassion by helping the seemingly innocent, ignorant young girl
Internal conflict results when Marilyn discovers that her death is tied to the survival of seven others and that no one can help her.
Conflict springs from the inevitable fear of waiting to die, however, eventually, Marilyn suppresses her fear and resigns to the hopelessness of her circumstance.
Foreshadowing
Foreshadowing refers to clues about what is going to happen next
Examples from the Story
Language used to describe the forces of nature amplify the hopelessness of Marilyn’s situation and foreshadow a tragic outcome
- “Irrevocable and Immutable”
- “Futility of looking to the heavens for mercy”
- “No human in the universe can change it”
The author utilizes imagery to both create suspense and foreshadow future events
- “Yes, it’s colder than it should be”
Suspense
A state or condition of mental uncertainty or excitement
Tom Godwin continually refers to the chronometer
“ It was 18:37 when she folded the letter in a square and wrote a name on it … It was 18:45 when she folded it as she had done the first letter and wrote a name and address on it”
The dialogue between Marilyn and Gerry gets cut off as Gerry loses much more than just a signal on his radio
“You’re fading out, Gerry,” “You’re going out of range; I wanted to tell you, but I can’t now”
Summary
Science Fiction Short Story written by Tom Godwin
Story takes place on the EDS (Emergency Dispatch Ship) heading to the frontier planet Woden
EDS carries emergency supplies to desperate colonists
Any stops to visit colonies scheduled to be visited at a later time would delay and destroy their schedule
Barton, the pilot, discovers a Stowaway
No ordinary stowaway because it is a girl
EDS headed to Woden carrying needed serum for the infected colonists
Interstellar Regulations state in Paragraph L, Section 8, “Any stowaway discovered in an EDS shall be jettisoned immediately following discovery”
Barton knows the law and there can be no appeal
Sympathetic and kind-hearted, Barton realizes that the innocent girl was ignorant of the law
The girl wants to see her brother Gerry, who is part of survey Group Two (8,000 miles across the Western Sea)
Family was born on Earth, and she has not seen her brother for 10 years
Barton retrieves the identification disk from her (a disk containing all the records of the person)
Name: Marilyn Lee Cross, Weight: 110 pounds and Date of birth: July 7, 2160
Barton gets hold of Captain Delhart (Captain of the Stardust) to try to devise a solution
Nothing he can do
Each EDS carries a limited amount of fuel, which was rationed with care
Precise amounts of fuel were calculated by the highly advanced computers, supposed to just carry the pilot and the cargo
Added mass of a stowaway would throw everything off, making their destination unreachable
Marilyn: 110 pounds turns into 550 pounds when entering Woden’s atmosphere (paramount factor)
The pilot knows nothing can be done to prevent her inevitable death
Marilyn is able to write a space gram to her family
Barton attempts to reach her brother and when he does Marilyn and Gerry both talk about the tragic situation
Marilyn walked into the airlock, ready to be discharged into space
It is horrible that it has to come down to this; making an innocent 18 year old girl wanting only to see her brother, but instead be jettisoned into the outskirts of space
Vocabulary
Jettison: to throw or drop something from a ship
“Any stowaway discovered in an EDS shall be jettisoned immediately following discovery”
Marilyn needed to be jettisoned or else the pilot and all the colonists stricken with the fever would end up dying in vain
Inured: Accustom to something unpleasant
“He was an EDS pilot, inured to the sight of death, long since accustomed to it and to viewing the dying of another man with an objective lack of emotion”
Marilyn became inured to the fact that there was an insufficient amount of fuel on the EDS and that her death would ensure the survival of seven others.

Futility: Incapable of producing any useful result
“The call would be futile, but he could not, until he had exhausted that one vain hope”
Marilyn’s hope to see her brother Gerry was futile
Stowaway: A person who stows away
“He visualized the stowaway cowering closer into one corner, suddenly worried by the possible consequences of his act”
The stowaway was discovered hiding in the closet

Inevitable: A situation that is unavoidable
“He began to read the disk, reading it slowly to delay the inevitable for as long as possible”
Barton knew that there was not enough fuel for Marilyn to stay, which meant that the inevitable could not be stopped
Main Characters

Barton
Direct Characterization: Inured to the sight of death, long since accustomed to it and to viewing the dying of another man with an objective lack of emotion
Indirect Characterization: “He tried to help me, Gerry.” (Effect on Marilyn)
“It was a girl… his hand dropping away from the blaster.”
Signaled Stardust; delay the inevitable for as long as possible
“You’re not a coward. You’re afraid , but you’re not a coward.”
“I know. I understand, and I’ll take care of them.”
Marilyn
Direct Characterization: It was a girl
Indirect Characterization: “But I’m afraid. I don’t want to die – not now.”
Little white gypsy sandals
Faint, sweet scent of perfume coming from her
Guilty expression of a pup that has been caught in mischief and knows it must be punished
Born: July 7, 2160
Height: 5’3 Weight: 110 lbs. Eyes: blue Complexion: light Blood type: O Destination: Port City, Mimir
“I’m a coward and I can’t help it”
Main Conflicts

Man vs. Nature
Marilyn struggles against the harsh reality that nature’s laws have no regard for human emotions and desires
Marilyn stowed away on the EDS with the soul purpose of seeing her brother
Denied her wish and further punished by the “cold equations” that govern space travel and life on the space frontier
“h amount of fuel will power an EDS with a mass of m safely to its destination,” however, “h amount of fuel will not power an EDS with a mass of m plus x safely to its destination.”
Man vs. Self
Innocence and ignorance of the stowaway engenders conflict within Barton
Should he abide by the law and coldly jettison the stowaway or exercise human decency and compassion by attempting to save the young girl
Barton’s morals are put to the test
Resolves that he must first exhaust all possible options to retrieve help or potentially save Marilyn before he can expel her to the icy recesses of space
Proves unable to prevent the inevitable (Physical laws are irrevocable and immutable)
Man vs. Self
Marilyn discovers that she must die in order to preserve the lives of seven others and that no one has the means to help her
She embarks upon a journey towards the acceptance of her situation and is forced to navigate and overcome the fear of her impending death
Struggles with the inevitable fear:
“But I’m afraid. I don’t want to die – not now.”
“I’m a coward and I can’t help it.”
“She stepped into the air lock and turned to face him, only the pulse in her throat to betray the wild beating of her heart.”
In the end, Marilyn understands that the sad part about her situation is not dying, it’s that she’ll never see her family again
Ultimately, she resigns to her situation, and although she never totally escapes fear (as evidenced by the third quote above) she is able to accept her unfortunate circumstance and make the most of her time on the EDS
Theme

The laws of nature are blind to human desires and emotions
Superstorm Sandy was a hurricane that tore through portions of the Caribbean and the Mid-Atlantic as well as the Northeastern United States. It devastated their populations with absolutely zero concern for human emotions, desires, or possible attachments as it left thousands homeless or orphaned as well as millions without power. The superstorm “killed with neither hatred nor malice” but nevertheless, left dozens dead and destroyed many families.
Explicit Theme: “To himself and her brother and parents she was a sweet-faced girl in her teens; to the laws of nature she was x, the unwanted factor in a cold equation.”
Prevalent Passage
“Existence required order, and there was order; the laws of nature, irrevocable and immutable. Men could learn to use them, but men could not change them. The circumference of a circle was always pi times the diameter, and no science of man would ever make it otherwise. The combination of chemical A with chemical B under condition C invariably produced reaction D… The laws were, and the universe moved in obedience to them… The men of the frontier had long ago learned the bitter futility of cursing the forces that would destroy them, for the forces were blind and deaf; the futility of looking to the heavens for mercy, for the stars of the galaxy swung in their long, long sweep of two hundred million years, as inexorably controlled as they by the laws that knew neither hatred nor compassion”
Figuratively Futuristic
The passage utilizes figurative language to underscore certain traits of natural forces and to emphasize the merciless, relentless nature of the galaxy
“The forces were blind and deaf”
“The stars of the galaxy swung in their long, long sweep of two hundred million years, as inexorably controlled as they by the laws that new neither hatred nor compassion”
The passage also refers to the futuristic setting of the story as it talks about people “fighting their way outward from Earth” and “the men on the frontier”
Highlights hopeless and defeated mood
“The futility of looking to the heavens for mercy”
Passage Indicating Writing Style
“Along the frontier were arrayed all the forces of nature, and sometimes they destroyed those who were fighting their way outward from Earth. The men of the frontier had long ago learned the bitter futility of cursing the forces that would destroy them, for the forces were blind and deaf; the futility of looking to the heavens for mercy, for the stars of the galaxy swung in their long, long sweep of two hundred million years, as inexorably controlled as they by the laws that knew neither hatred nor compassion, The men of the frontier knew- but how was a girl from Earth to fully understand? H amount of fuel will not power an EDS with a mass of m plus x safely to its destination.”
Point Of View

Third person limited

Narrator is outside the story

Told with third person pronouns

Stated through Barton’s thoughts and feelings
Passage Converted To Third Person

Barton-Narrator
“Why couldn’t you have been a man with some ulterior motive? It would have made both of our lives so much simpler. You could have been a fugitive from justice hoping to lose yourself on a raw new world. Or even better, a crack pot with a mission. Perhaps once in my lifetime I could find a stowaway on my ship; a warped man, a mean and selfish man, brutal and dangerous- but never before a smiling blue eyed girl, such as yourself, willing to pay a fine and work for her keep, so you might see your brother. And of course you elected to stowaway on my EDS.”
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