The agnostic ruling class (including the Guild) for whom religion was a kind of puppet show to amuse the populace and keep it docile, and who believed essentially that all phenomena — even religious phenomena — could be reduced to mechanical explanations; 4.
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[We] show them all the tricks that can save them from death. They listen, they are docile—but when it begins again, in their excitement they do everything wrong.
Erich Maria Remarque -- All Quiet on the Western Front
The wights are convinced we peculiar children are docile and weak.