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[Esoqq picks up a food disc
: What is this? Captain Jean-Luc Picard
: Food. Esoqq
: The *only* food? Captain Jean-Luc Picard
: It would seem so.
[Esoqq tastes the disc, then throws it away
: POISON! Kova Tholl
: Does this mean there's nothing here for you to eat?
[Esoqq examines Kova Tholl intently
: My given name is Esoqq. It means 'Fighter'. Kova Tholl
: I'll bet half the names in the Chalnoth language mean 'Fighter'. Esoqq
: Mizarians. Your names all mean 'Surrender'! Kova Tholl
: We are a peaceful race. A race of thinkers. Esoqq
: A race of cowards.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard
: Well. I think this charade has gone far enough. Captain Jean-Luc Picard
: [to Haro
] Don't you? Mitena Haro
: I don't understand. Captain Jean-Luc Picard
: Oh yes, you do. This isn't a holding cell. It's a laboratory maze, a carefully structured test. It's an experiment to see how well we react under pressure. Esoqq
: How do you know? Captain Jean-Luc Picard
: It's the only explanation. Look at the four of us. We do have something in common: we all react differently to authority. Captain Jean-Luc Picard
: [to Tholl
] You, the collaborator, defer to whoever has control. Captain Jean-Luc Picard
: [to Esoqq
] You, the anarchist, reject authority in any form. I, a Starfleet captain, trained to command. Captain Jean-Luc Picard
: [to Haro
] And you, a Starfleet cadet, sworn to obey a superior officer's authority. - Our captors have placed us here, and have devised obstacles for us to overcome. They give us food, which Esoqq can't eat, to make him a threat. They give us a door we can't open - until the four of us cooperate. And each time we succeed, they deal us reverses, to set us against each other again, Captain Jean-Luc Picard
: [to Haro
] while *you*... observe our reactions. Mitena Haro
: Sir, I've been trying to help... Captain Jean-Luc Picard
: I found it unlikely that a first-year cadet would know of the Enterprise's visit to Mintaka III, so I tested you. Starfleet has classified the Cor Caroli V plague a secret. No cadet would have knowledge of that incident. Mitena Haro
] Captain... Captain Jean-Luc Picard
: So, you may as well drop this pretense. I'm not playing any further. I'm quitting this game! As far as I am concerned, this experiment is over! Mitena Haro
: You are correct, Captain Picard.
: The sound of your voice is beginning to anger me!