the distant reaches of his childhood, when his own understanding of reality clashed with the assertions of others, with their arbitrary orders and contradictory demands, he gave in to so craven a fear of dependence that he renounced his rational faculty.
You who are craven enough to believe that you can make terms with a mystic by giving in to his extortionsthere is no way to buy him off, the bribe he wants is your life, as slowly or as fast as you are willing to give it in-and the monster he seeks to bribe is the hidden blank-out in his mind, which drives him to kill in order not to learn that the death he desires is his own.
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the craven fellow turned and ran
I feel like a hunted, craven animal, which is exactly how the Empire sees me—how it sees all Scholars.