Chapter 11

How can Josh’s gold “rope” hold Chris if it wouldn’t hold a rabbit?

The rope Josh uses is made of what might be thought of as “dehydrated” fuj, or faith. Like a backpacker’s dehydrated meal requires the addition of water before becoming edible, the rope requires the addition of tsoli—“choice” or “will”—before its chemical bonds become strong enough to provide any support. Chris provided the needed tsoli when he grasped the rope with determination, even though his action was reluctant. Since an unreasoning creature like a rabbit is incapable of contributing tsoli, the rope would remain in its “dehydrated” state and be useless for support.

 

Is Doug’s voice actually painful to Tony?

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Yes, very much so. Actually, listening to Debora or Josh speak also causes the exiled Paradisians some discomfort, although it isn’t the severe pain that Doug’s voice elicits. The difference is the proportion of lashani wavelengths in their voices. The lashani clashes painfully with the uncompromising kanuf that is now part of the exiles’ beings. In Doug’s case, his natural voice is entirely in the lashani wavelengths, so this effect is maximal.

Then why isn’t Doug’s voice painful to humans who have accepted kanuf?

It can be, depending on how far they have advanced on the continuum between absolute surrender to Doug (where even his untranslated voice is audible) and absolute rejection of him (where his translated voice is painful). Most humans, however, are in the middle range, where Doug’s untranslated voice is inaudible, but his translated voice elicits no pain. Remember, the exiles have been fostering kanuf for many centuries, so its effects are generally more apparent in them than in any modern human, who won’t live nearly so long.

 

What is the salve with which Josh treats wounds from the darts?

This is another form of wadí, or grace. Unlike the wadí inhaler of Chapter 20, which works in conjunction with the individual’s tsoli, this form of wadí is effective on its own. However, its only function is to aid the healing of wounds.

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