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[Pike finds himself surrounded by an inferno
] The Keeper
: From a fable you once heard in childhood.
: [talking about Pike, who is being held in a Talosian prison cell
] It appears, Magistrate, that the intelligence of the specimen is shockingly limited. The Keeper
: This is no surprise, since his vessel was baited here so easily with a simulated message. As you can read in its thoughts, it is only now beginning to suspect that the survivors and encampment were a simple illusion we placed in their minds. Captain Christopher Pike
: You're not speaking, yet I can hear you. The Keeper
: You will note the confusion as it reads our thought transmissions. Captain Christopher Pike
: All right then, telepathy. You can read my mind, I can read yours. Now, unless you want my ship to consider capturing me an unfriendly act... The Keeper
: You'll now see the primitive fear threat reaction. The specimen is about to boast of his strength, the weaponry of his vessel, and so on. Next, frustrated into a need to display physical prowess, the creature will throw himself against the transparency.
[Pike does so
] Captain Christopher Pike
: If you were in here, wouldn't you test the strength of these walls, too? There's a way out of any cage, and I'll find it! The Keeper
: Despite its frustration, the creature appears more adaptable than our specimens from other planets. We can soon begin the experiment.
: I read most strongly a recent death struggle in which it fought to protect its life. We will begin with this, giving the specimen something more interesting to protect.
: Wrong thinking is punishable; right thinking will be as quickly rewarded. You will find it an effective combination.
: A curious species. They have fantasies they hide even from themselves.
Captain Christopher Pike
: [referring to Vina
] Why would you want me attracted to her? So I'll feel love in a husband-wife relationship? That'd be necessary only if you intend to build a family group or perhaps a whole human community. The Keeper
: With the female now properly conditioned. Captain Christopher Pike
: You mean properly punished! I'm the one who's not co-operating! Why don't you punish me? The Keeper
: First, an emotion of protectiveness. Now, one of sympathy. Excellent.
: With the female of your choice, you will now begin carefully guided lives. Captain Christopher Pike
: And start by burying you? The Keeper
: That is your choice.
: She has an illusion, and you have reality. May you find your way as pleasant.