While Max and Val try more sensory stimulation on Jay in the outer world, in the inner world Jay and his friends arrive at the trading post where Jay is seized by Prop as a counterfeiter of checkpoint passes and sentenced to have his head shaved, but is saved by Frances X, Checkpoint Keeper, and passes through Checkpoint Three. Meanwhile in the outer world, Val reads Jay a birthday card from Jay's dad, and Jay rouses very slightly. Written by
Did You Know?
You trade Brad's things, but you don't even know why they're valuable. You worship his image, but you ignore his ideas. Brad made the checkpoints so that ordinary people who really wanted it, and who really tried hard, could get to be Tower people. They could learn stuff in the Tower. Then go back outside and help others. That's the way it's supposed to be.
What do you know about it, lizard lips?
Because I am Francis X, Brad's checkpoint keeper. He told me to make sure the checkpoints are done ...