We must not, however, ignore the possibility the Duke has contracted with the Guild to remove him to a place of safety outside the System.
It had taken bravery to challenge him in his own ducal castle, especially since they now had Bewt’s signature over a contract of allegiance.
How soon he must read that form within his mind, that contract of brutal caution, to enter the necessary fact on the necessary line: "Please list your next of kin."
Thufir Hawat, his father’s Master of Assassins, had explained it: their mortal enemies, the Harkonnens, had been on Arrakis eighty years, holding the planet in quasi-fief under a CHOAM Company contract to mine the geriatric spice, melange.
Out here, woman, we carry no paper for contracts.
And the room expanded and contracted.
I merely say I will protect our contract with the Guild.
When a man says a thing, that’s the contract.
Without knowing why, her whole being trembled at what she had seen — a region where a wind blew and sparks glared, where rings of light expanded and contracted, where rows of tumescent white shapes flowed over and under and around the lights, driven by darkness and a wind out of nowhere.
You’re the one’s lived with papers and empty contracts and such as—"