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Paul Atreides / Muad’Dib Character Analysis

Also known as Usul, Mahdi, Lisan al-Gaib and the Kwisatz Haderach, Paul is the son of Duke Leto and Lady Jessica and older brother of Alia. He is a thoughtful young man of extraordinary talents. At 15 years of age, Paul has already developed impressive cognitive and physical skills, receiving training from a number of his father’s trusted advisors—Mentat Thufir Hawat, weapons master Gurney Halleck, sword master Duncan Idaho, and Suk doctor Wellington Yueh. Paul also shows talent and discipline when his mother teaches him Bene Gesserit practices, surpassing the dangerous gom jabbar test when tested by Bene Gesserit Reverend Mother Mohiam. Despite his personal losses after the Harkonnen attack on Arrakis, Paul succeeds in surviving as a fugitive in the harsh Arrakeen desert by winning the loyalty of the Fremen. His exposure to the mind-altering spice that grows richly in the desert propels him into a higher awareness, allowing him to see possible futures. Paul’s new skills of foresight help him to provide the Fremen with political purpose and spiritual strength while also providing himself with the self-assurance he requires to take control of his destiny—or to at least try to. He also proves himself a wise leader who can inspire other people to freely pledge their lives to him. In only a few years, Paul evolves into the religious savior and military leader prophesized by the Fremen and the Bene Gesserit order. After completing the Fremen Water of Life ritual, he is able to access male and female ancestral memories as well as see future pathways. This ability to bridge past and present helps Paul to successfully overcome Imperial and Harkonnen forces to take the Imperial throne from Emperor Shaddam IV. However, Paul feels trapped in his role of Lisan al-Gaib and Kwisatz Haderach through the certainties of his life path that he foresees. His public identity has grown too much to allow him the simple life that he craves to share with the Fremen woman that he loves, his concubine Chani.

Paul Atreides / Muad’Dib Quotes in Dune

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Book 1, Part 1 Quotes

“A duke’s son must know about poisons,” she said. “It’s the way of our times, eh? Musky, to be poisoned in your drink. Aumas, to be poisoned in your food. The quick ones and the slow ones and the ones in between. Here’s a new one for you: the gom jabbar. It kills only animals.”

Related Symbols: Gom Jabbar
Page Number: 11
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I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.

Related Symbols: Gom Jabbar
Page Number: 12
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Book 1, Part 3 Quotes

The willow submits to the wind and prospers until one day it is many willows—a wall against the wind. That is the willow's purpose.

Related Symbols: Gom Jabbar
Page Number: 42
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Book 1, Part 4 Quotes

“Mood?” Halleck’s voice betrayed his outrage even through the shield’s filtering. “What has mood to do with it? You fight when the necessity arises—no matter the mood! Mood’s a thing for cattle or making love or playing the baliset. It’s not for fighting.”

Related Characters: Gurney Halleck (speaker), Paul Atreides / Muad’Dib
Page Number: 55
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Book 1, Part 9 Quotes

Muad’Dib learned rapidly because his first training was in how to learn. And the first lesson of all was the basic trust that he could learn. It’s shocking to find how many people do not believe they can learn, and how many more believe learning to be difficult. Muad’Dib knew that every experience carries its lesson.

Page Number: 106
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Book 1, Part 13 Quotes

I must rule with eye and claw—as the the hawk among lesser birds.

Page Number: 165
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Book 1, Part 16 Quotes

Greatness is a transitory experience. It is never consistent. It depends in part upon the myth-making imagination of humankind. The person who experiences greatness must have a feeling for the myth he is in. He must reflect what is projected upon him. And he must have a strong sense of the sardonic. This is what uncouples him from belief in his own pretensions. The sardonic is all that permits him to move within himself. Without this quality, even occasional greatness will destroy a man.

Page Number: 205
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“I’ve heard you have a saying,” Paul said, “that polish comes from the cities, wisdom from the desert.”

Related Characters: Paul Atreides / Muad’Dib (speaker), Dr. Liet-Kynes
Related Symbols: Water
Page Number: 235
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Book 1, Part 19 Quotes

There should be a science of discontent. People need hard times and oppression to develop psychic muscles.

Page Number: 263
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Book 1, Part 22 Quotes

People are the true strength of a Great House, Paul thought. And he remembered Hawat’s words: “Parting with people is a sadness; a place is only a place.”

Related Symbols: Spice
Page Number: 308
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Book 2, Part 2 Quotes

And Paul, walking behind Chani, felt that a vital moment had passed him, that he had missed an essential decision and was now caught up in his own myth. He knew he had seen this place before, experienced it in a fragment of prescient dream on faraway Caladan, but details of the place were being filled in now that he had not seen. He felt a new sense of wonder at the limits of his gift. It was as though rode within the wave of time, sometimes in its trough, sometimes on a crest—and all around him the other waves lifted and fell, revealing and then hiding what they bore on their surface.

And through it all, the wild jihad still loomed ahead of him, the violence and the slaughter.

Page Number: 518
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Book 2, Part 4 Quotes

Let him sweat a little, the Baron thought. One must always keep the tools of statecraft sharp and ready. Power and fear—sharp and ready.

Page Number: 372
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Book 2, Part 6 Quotes

There existed no need on Caladan to build a physical paradise or a paradise of the mind—we could see the actuality all around us. And the price we paid was the price men have always paid for achieving a paradise in this life—we went soft, we lost our edge.

Related Characters: Paul Atreides / Muad’Dib (speaker), Princess Irulan
Page Number: 411
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Book 2, Part 8 Quotes

“No more terrible disaster could befall your people than for them to fall into the hands of a Hero” his father said.

Related Characters: Pardot Kynes (speaker), Paul Atreides / Muad’Dib, Dr. Liet-Kynes
Related Symbols: Water
Page Number: 445
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Book 2, Part 10 Quotes

The Fremen were supreme in that quality the ancients call “spannungsbogen”—which is the self-imposed delay between desire for a thing and the act of reaching out to grasp that thing.

Related Characters: Paul Atreides / Muad’Dib (speaker), Princess Irulan
Page Number: 466
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Book 2, Part 11 Quotes

My mother obeyed her Sister Superiors where the Lady Jessica disobeyed. Which of them was the stronger? History has already answered.

Page Number: 480
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When your opponent fears you, then’s the moment when you give the fear its own rein, give it the time to work on him. Let it become terror. The terrified man fights himself. Eventually, he attacks in desperation. That is the most dangerous moment, but the terrified man can be trusted usually to make a fatal mistake. You are being trained here to detect these mistakes and use them.”

Page Number: 493
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“I will tell you a thing about your new name,” Stilgar said. “The choice pleases us. Muad’Dib is wise in the ways of the desert. Muad’Dib creates his own water. Muad’Dib hides from the sun and travels in the cool night. Muad’Dib is fruitful and multiplies over the land. Muad’Dib we call ‘instructor-of-boys.’ That is a powerful base on which to build your life, Paul-Muad’Dib, who is Usul among us. We welcome you.”

Related Characters: Stilgar (speaker), Paul Atreides / Muad’Dib
Related Symbols: Water
Page Number: 498
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Book 2, Part 12 Quotes

Survival is the ability to swim in strange water.

Related Characters: Lady Jessica (speaker), Paul Atreides / Muad’Dib, Chani Kynes
Related Symbols: Water
Page Number: 504
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Book 3, Part 3 Quotes

“When religion and politics travel in the same cart, the riders believe nothing can stand in their way. Their movement becomes headlong—faster and faster and faster. They put aside all thought of obstacles and forget that a precipice does not show itself to the man in a blind rush until it’s too late.”

Related Characters: Lady Jessica (speaker), Paul Atreides / Muad’Dib
Page Number: 620
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Book 3, Part 11 Quotes

The Guild Navigators, gifted with limited prescience, had made the fatal decision: they’d chosen always the clear, safe course that leads ever downward into stagnation.

Related Symbols: Spice
Page Number: 767
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“If I hear any more nonsense from either of you,” Paul said, “I’ll give the order that’ll destroy all spice production on Arrakis … forever.”

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“Do it!” Paul barked. “The power to destroy a thing is the absolute control over it. You’ve agreed I have that power. We are not here to discuss or negotiate or compromise. You will obey my orders or suffer the immediate consequences!”

“He means it,” the shorter Guildsman said. And Paul saw the fear grip them.

Related Symbols: Spice
Page Number: 772-3
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"Do you know so little of my son?" Jessica whispered. "See that princess standing there, so haughty and confident. They say she has pretensions of a literary nature. Let us hope she finds solace in such things; she'll have little else." A bitter laugh escaped Jessica. "Think on it, Chani: that princess will have the name, yet she'll live as less than a concubine — never to know a moment of tenderness from the man to whom she's bound. While we, Chani, we who carry the name of concubine — history will call us wives.”

Page Number: 794
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Paul Atreides / Muad’Dib Character Timeline in Dune

The timeline below shows where the character Paul Atreides / Muad’Dib appears in Dune. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book 1, Part 1
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An epigraph by Princess Irulan from the “Manual of Muad’Dib” notes that anyone studying Muad’Dib must always consider the planet Arrakis as his home, even... (full context)
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...head of House Atreides, has a concubine named Lady Jessica and a 15-year-old son named Paul. One night, an elderly woman (later revealed as the Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam) visits... (full context)
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Paul also reflects on the current state of change his family is experiencing. Thufir Hawat, Duke... (full context)
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Paul falls asleep reflecting on Arrakis. He dreams of a dimly lit Arrakeen cavern. It is... (full context)
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Upon waking before dawn, Paul considers what he has learned about the desert planet from his teacher Dr. Wellington Yueh.... (full context)
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Lady Jessica enters Paul’s bedroom, and he notices that she is similarly tense. She informs Paul that the old... (full context)
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Paul and Jessica meet the Reverend Mother Mohiam in Jessica’s morning room. Paul is angered by... (full context)
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Paul is outraged that the Reverend Mother Mohiam considers he may not be human, and threatens... (full context)
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Reverend Mother Mohiam makes note of the caution, courage, and mind control that Paul uses to succeed in the gom jabbar’s test. She also acknowledges to herself that she... (full context)
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Jessica returns to the room, greatly relieved that Paul has passed the test. He learns that she passed the same test during her Bene... (full context)
Book 1, Part 2
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An epigraph by Princess Irulan from “Manual of Muad’Dib” states that to understand Muad’Dib, one must understand his mortal enemies the Harkonnens. (full context)
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The epigraph from Princess Irulan’s text “Muad’Dib, Family Commentaries” quotes a saying by St. Alia-of-the-Knife that a Reverend Mother must “become a... (full context)
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Back on Caladan, it is the evening on the same day of Paul Atreides’s gom jabbar test. The Reverend Mother Mohiam challenges Lady Jessica about her decision to... (full context)
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...Landsraad’s political manipulations. She suggests that Duke Leto will die on Arrakis, and Jessica and Paul will be become fugitives. Jessica is both furious and heartbroken, but ultimately knows that she... (full context)
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The Reverend Mother Mohiam calls for Paul and speaks to him about his dreams of foresight. He recounts a dream in which... (full context)
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The Reverend Mother Mohiam acknowledges that Paul may be the Bene Gesserit’s prophesized Kwisatz Haderach, but doubts it. However, she offers him... (full context)
Book 1, Part 4
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The epigraph from Princess Irulan’s text “A Child’s History of Muad’Dib” comments on Muad’Dib’s companions growing up. None were his own age. Instead, he was entertained... (full context)
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On Caladan, it is a week after the Reverend Mother Mohiam’s visit to Paul Atreides. Thufir Hawat, a Mentat who has been in the Atreides family’s service for three... (full context)
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Paul tells Hawat some of the details from his meeting with the Reverend Mother Mohiam. The... (full context)
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Hawat takes leave of Paul, intending to depart for Arrakis today with the Atreides to follow tomorrow. Gurney Halleck, the... (full context)
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Paul and Halleck then duel, with the weapons master making it a hard fight for Paul.... (full context)
Book 1, Part 5
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Princess Irulan’s epigraph is an entry on Dr. Wellington Yueh from “Dictionary of Muad’Dib.” Yueh is a graduate of the Suk School for Imperial Conditioning and is historically remembered... (full context)
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On the same day on Caladan, Paul Atreides meets with another one of his teachers in the training room. Dr. Wellington Yueh... (full context)
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Before leaving Paul, Yueh gives him an Orange Catholic Bible. It small, about the size of Paul’s thumbnail,... (full context)
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At Yueh’s urging, Paul reads aloud a verse from the Orange Catholic Bible. The doctor quickly stops him when... (full context)
Book 1, Part 6
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The epigraph from Princess Irulan’s text “Muad’Dib, Family Commentaries” muses on Duke Leto Atreides legacy. Although historically overshadowed by his son, the... (full context)
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Duke Leto Atreides, Paul’s father, joins Paul and Dr. Yueh in the training room. Leto confirms that they leave... (full context)
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...Leto reveals that he hopes to win the Fremen as allies. He also reveals that Paul has been secretly trained as a Mentat since childhood. Paul wants to continue this training. (full context)
Book 1, Part 7
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...of the coming of a Reverend Mother and a messianic figure benefitted Lady Jessica and Paul Atreides immensely during their integration into Fremen culture. This process was helped by the expert... (full context)
Book 1, Part 8
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The epigraph from Princess Irulan’s text “A Child’s History of Muad’Dib” is the short quote “‘Yueh! Yueh! Yueh!’ goes the refrain. ‘A million deaths were not... (full context)
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Searching for Paul, Lady Jessica finds Yueh in one of her son’s rooms with Paul asleep next door.... (full context)
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...conversation, Yueh feels great regret at the knowledge he will betray Jessica, Duke Leto, and Paul. He loves the Atreides family, but Baron Harkonnen has forced him into the role of... (full context)
Book 1, Part 9
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The epigraph from Princess Irulan’s text “The Humanity of Muad’Dib” relates Muad’Dib’s early lesson of learning how to learn—he realized that every experience could teach... (full context)
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Paul Atreides pretends to be asleep while his mother, Jessica, talks with Dr. Yueh in the... (full context)
Book 1, Part 10
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The epigraph from Princess Irulan’s text “Muad’Dib: Family Commentaries” meditatively considers how Lady Jessica kept to her Bene Gesserit program during her... (full context)
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...Gesserit sister. In a secret Bene Gesserit code she warns Jessica of an attack on Paul involving his bed, as well as the threat of a House Atreides betrayal that “involves... (full context)
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Paul rushes into the conservatory clutching the hunter-seeker and informs Jessica of the attack as well... (full context)
Book 1, Part 11
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The epigraph from Princess Irulan’s text “Muad’Dib: Family Commentaries” suggests that Duke Leto Atreides did not walk naively into danger on Arrakis.... (full context)
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Duke Leto Atreides is rattled to learn that there has been a sophisticated attempt on Paul’s life. Standing in a tower above the Arrakeen landing field, he considers his situation. He... (full context)
Book 1, Part 12
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The epigraph from Princess Irulan’s text “Manual of Muad’Dib” details an inscription that Muad’Dib repeated throughout his life. The phrase was originally seen during... (full context)
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Paul Atreides is invited to his father Duke Leto’s staff meeting in the ducal command post... (full context)
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...the weapon—a crysknife—from being displayed. The Fremen leader is allowed entry to the meeting and Paul Atreides immediately notices an “aura of power” that radiates from the man. Stilgar explains his... (full context)
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...and the Fremen, but Leto demands his orders be upheld. The meeting is disbanded, with Paul concerned that his father’s leadership is unsteady, even “desperate.” He remembers Reverend Mother Mohiam’s prediction... (full context)
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The epigraph from Princess Irulan’s text “Manual of Muad’Dib” recounts the Fremen response to Paul Atreides‘s first public outing on Arrakis. They tentatively shouted... (full context)
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Duke Leto had previously asked Hawat to look into why Fremen have started addressing Paul in the streets as “Mahdi.” His Mentat tells Leto that the Fremen believe that Paul... (full context)
Book 1, Part 14
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The epigraph from Princess Irulan’s text “Collected Sayings of Muad’Dib” considers the shocking moment when a child realizes his father is a person “with human... (full context)
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Duke Leto has breakfast with Paul and tells his son about the Harkonnen message that Thufir Hawat intercepted. Leto states that... (full context)
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Duke Leto discusses his plans for securing loyalty from the Fremen. He also hands Paul a report on Fremen religion. If anything happens to the Duke, he advises Paul to... (full context)
Book 1, Part 15
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...planetologist on Arrakis, is shaken by the realization that he greatly likes Duke Leto and Paul Atreides. He even allows himself to consider that Paul is perhaps the prophesized Mahdi. However,... (full context)
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Duke Leto and Paul meet Kynes in midmorning at the Arrakeen landing field where an ornithopter (flying vessel) waits... (full context)
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Paul’s confident attitude and easy behavior in wearing a stillsuit and jubba cloak correctly for the... (full context)
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Kynes has been asked to accompany Duke Leto, Paul, and Gurney Halleck to view a spice mining operation. Leto pilots an ornithopter (flying ship)... (full context)
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...drawn to spice and to shielding. The Duke asks about the nature of sandworms, and Paul realizes from Kynes’s answers that there is a specific relationship between the sandworms and spice... (full context)
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...the spice workers away from the crawler before it is swallowed by the sandworm’s mouth. Paul is amazed to watch the sandworm’s whirlpool of a mouth—approximately twice as large as the... (full context)
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...small figures on the sand walking smoothly away from the site of the swallowed crawler. Paul deduces that they are Fremen; when Kynes and the spice mining leader deny it, Paul... (full context)
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...likely lost two lives, with Kynes stating there is little hope for the two men. Paul doubts this and becomes sure that the Fremen are capable of thriving in the desert... (full context)
Book 1, Part 16
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The epigraph from Princess Irulan’s text “Collected Sayings of Muad’Dib” meditates on the quality of “greatness.” An individual can experience greatness if they have an... (full context)
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...in the Great Hall Lady Jessica is entertaining guests who have arrived for the dinner. Paul, Dr. Kynes, and Duncan Idaho are among them; there are also many of the planet’s... (full context)
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...Gesserit order planted the Kwasitz Haderach prophecy on Arrakis, which encourages her secret hope that Paul might be that messianic figure. (full context)
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...agent. He manipulates the conversation around him to personal benefit, but is stopped short by Paul Atreides and is embarrassed when the boy outwits him. Kynes and Tuek enjoy Paul’s show... (full context)
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...there’s enough water on Arrakis to one day change it into a more human-friendly ecosystem. Paul hears the same message by using his powers of truthsense. (full context)
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A messenger arrives with a communication for Duke Leto, and he leaves the dinner abruptly. Paul takes his father’s place as host and once more outwits the Guild banker after the... (full context)
Book 1, Part 17
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The epigraph from Princess Irulan’s text “Collected Sayings of Muad’Dib” claims that there is no escaping the violence of one’s ancestors. (full context)
Book 1, Part 18
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The epigraph from Princess Irulan’s text “Songs of Muad’Dib” recounts “The Dirge for Jamis on the Funeral Plain.” It is a mournful elegy that... (full context)
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...tells Duke Leto that if the Duke will kill Baron Harkonnen, Yueh will ensure that Paul and Jessica escape the Harkonnen attack—he will make them appear dead and then hide them... (full context)
Book 1, Part 19
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The epigraph from Princess Irulan’s text “Collected Sayings of Muad’Dib” states that “there should be a science of discontent.” People need hardships to develop mental... (full context)
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...footsteps coming toward her. A door opens, revealing she is in the palace cellar where Paul slept, although he is not here now. (full context)
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Shortly after, Harkonnen troops bring Paul to the room on a litter. Although he is seemingly unconscious, Paul is secretly awake,... (full context)
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Paul, who is not gagged like Jessica, is able to use his limited power of the... (full context)
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Raiding the ornithopter that brought them to the desert, Paul and Jessica discover a bundle hidden by Yueh that contains stillsuits, food, and Leto’s ducal... (full context)
Book 1, Part 20
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The epigraph from Princess Irulan’s text “Collected Sayings of Muad’Dib” relates a parable known as “the attitude of the knife”—cutting off what is incomplete in... (full context)
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...for Duke Leto’s signet ring. Yueh has removed it and intends to give it to Paul; to allay the Sardaukar’s suspicions, Yueh lies that Leto sometimes sent the ring with messengers... (full context)
Book 1, Part 21
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The epigraph from Princess Irulan’s text “Introduction to a Child’s History of Muad’Dib” tells of the legend that when Duke Leto was killed, a meteor was sighted in... (full context)
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...before Baron Harkonnen. Leto, now conscious, gains some hope when he hears that Jessica and Paul are alive and have escaped their captors in the desert. The Baron demands that the... (full context)
Book 1, Part 22
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The epigraph from Princess Irulan’s text “Songs of Muad’Dib” is a lament for the fallen Duke Leto and his legacy. (full context)
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Fleeing from the pursuing ornithopter, Paul and Jessica are caught quickly. They turn to face the ship, prepared to face Harkonnen... (full context)
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Paul and Jessica are able to read the final message that the Dr. Yueh left for... (full context)
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In this time of terrifying change, Paul feels a heightened intelligence and awareness of the events occurring around him. He finds he... (full context)
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Paul uses advanced reasoning to grasp that the Fremen are paying the Guild to program their... (full context)
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Jessica learns from Paul that Duke Leto never suspected her of betraying him; this was merely a pretense to... (full context)
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Paul also realizes that there is increased spice in the air and in the food he... (full context)
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Paul also reveals the terrible truth that he and Jessica are Harkonnens—the Baron Harkonnen is Jessica’s... (full context)
Book 2, Part 1
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Paul and Jessica are in the stilltent, hidden in the desert by Duncan Idaho. Paul is... (full context)
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Using his heightened mental awareness, Paul comes to terms with the fact that he is a result of the Bene Gesserit... (full context)
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...to the stilltent. A storm comes up and covers the stilltent in sand; later, when Paul has determined that if Idaho has been captured he will have by now given in... (full context)
Book 2, Part 2
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In the epigraph from Princess Irulan’s text “Conversations with Muad’Dib,” Muad’Dib reflects on his father’s belief that respect of the truth is the mark of... (full context)
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...Hawat asks the Fremen if he knows the fate of Duke Leto or his son, Paul Atreides, learning that the Duke is dead and that Paul’s fate unknown and “in Liet’s... (full context)
Book 2, Part 3
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The epigraph from Princess Irulan’s text “Arrakis Awakening” discusses Muad’Dib’s powers of foresight. He can see the future, but she likens it to being limited... (full context)
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The ornithopters that rise over Paul and Jessica in the desert are flown by Duncan Idaho, who has brought Dr. Kynes... (full context)
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...now undertake ecological experiments with the aim of restoring surface bodies of water on Arrakis. Paul is struck by the strangeness of Idaho calling him “Sire.” Now that Duke Leto is... (full context)
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...wonders for a moment if he has made the right choice in choosing to help Paul and Jessica and therefore endangering himself and the Fremen. He is comforted in his decision,... (full context)
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Liet-Kynes leads Paul and Jessica to private chambers in the cavern, where Paul and Kynes negotiate. They each... (full context)
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...talents to prove that the Padishah Emperor’s Sardaukar soldiers are secretly fighting for House Harkonnen, Paul wants to blackmail Emperor Shaddam IV into abdicating his throne to the young Atreides Duke.... (full context)
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...Jessica are wary about this course of action, seeing flaws as well as advantages in Paul’s plan. However, Kynes is won over to the Atreides cause by Paul’s integrity when the... (full context)
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Duncan Idaho is killed protecting Paul during the fight with the Sardaukar soldiers, but Liet-Kynes, Paul and Jessica escape through a... (full context)
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Paul and Jessica follow Liet-Kynes’s instructions to escape the Imperial Base, but are pursued in the... (full context)
Book 2, Part 4
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The epigraph from Princess Irulan’s text “Manual of Muad’Dib” quotes the short lines “What do you despise? By this you are truly known.” (full context)
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...grounded space frigate on Arrakis. Iakin Nefud, Harkonnen guard captain, reports to the Baron that Paul and Jessica escaped a Sardaukar troop by flying an ornithopter into a sandstorm. With winds... (full context)
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...himself in. Contrary to his claims made to Nefud, the Baron is quite certain that Paul and Jessica must have died in the sandstorm. He is thrilled to have exterminated all... (full context)
Book 2, Part 5
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The epigraph from Princess Irulan’s text “A Child’s History of Muad’Dib” shares that by the time Muad’Dib was 15 years old, “he had already learned silence.” (full context)
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Paul Atreides is fighting to keep control of the ornithopter in the middle of the sandstorm.... (full context)
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Paul sets the damaged ship down clumsily on a piece of sand, and he and Jessica... (full context)
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Paul and Jessica know that they must travel by night and rest in the heat of... (full context)
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To cross the open desert safely, Paul and Jessica agree that they will set off a spring-loaded clapping device called a thumper... (full context)
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Paul and Jessica climb down from the cliff to spend the approaching daylight hours resting in... (full context)
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With Jessica’s optimism boosting his spirit, Paul comes up with a creative plan to recover the pack. He uses his paracompass power... (full context)
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Paul moves to set up the tent for the day and finds anchor holes in the... (full context)
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...and if they will be friendly on approach. Although Liet-Kynes promised the Fremen would help Paul and Jessica, she has now felt the hardships of the desert firsthand and can understand... (full context)
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Paul and Jessica hear a hissing sound. It grows in volume until they see a huge... (full context)
Book 2, Part 6
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The epigraph from Princess Irulan’s text “Muad’Dib: Conversations” finds Muad’Dib ruminating on life on Caladan. The paradisiacal Atreides home planet was so... (full context)
Book 2, Part 7
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In late afternoon on the desert, Paul stands beside the pitched tent in which Jessica sleeps. He is considering whether his plan... (full context)
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As the sun sets, Paul sets the thumper in the deepest part of the rock. Under starlight, he and Jessica... (full context)
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About 200 meters from safety, Paul accidentally steps on drum sand and it booms out loudly across the desert. Jessica screams... (full context)
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...catch them, but is suddenly distracted by the sound of another thumper in the distance. Paul wonders if Fremen have deliberately set it off to lure the sandworm away from them.... (full context)
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Paul and Jessica find a way up a rock cliff using long and thin poles that... (full context)
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Suddenly, though, Paul and Jessica are surrounded by a group of Fremen. Paul’s body tenses in preparation to... (full context)
Book 2, Part 8
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...of surface water. His father reproaches Liet-Kynes for straying from his ecological mission to help Paul Atreides. He also signals the importance of his son educating the Fremen communities about their... (full context)
Book 2, Part 9
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The epigraph from Princess Irulan’s text “Private Reflections on Muad’Dib” reflects on the nature of Muad’Dib’s gift of foresight. She wonders how much of prediction... (full context)
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Paul and Jessica are still surrounded by hostile Fremen on the top of a rocky outcrop.... (full context)
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The Fremen leader reveals himself as Stilgar, the individual Fremen that Paul met through Duncan Idaho during one of Duke Leto’s staff meetings in Arrakeen. Stilgar acknowledges... (full context)
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Stilgar decides he will not kill Paul because Liet-Kynes has ordered the Fremen to find the young Duke. Stilgar also knows that... (full context)
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...she catches him by surprise by disarming him and holding him powerless against the rocks. Paul has anticipated his mother’s attack and sprints for cover in the rocks, disarming a Fremen... (full context)
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The Fremen soldiers send projectiles at Paul and approach Jessica warily. Stilgar yells at them to stop, recognizing that his life is... (full context)
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...approaches. He warns off a young woman called Chani who is stealthily trying to approach Paul at his hiding place, calling her a “spawn of a lizard” to which she curses... (full context)
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Stilgar offers Jessica and Paul a safe place in his community if Jessica will teach them the “weirding way.” When... (full context)
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...Jessica knows that not all of Stilgar’s men are convinced they should offer her and Paul sanctuary. She calculates that Fremen culture was implanted with Bene Gesserit legends many generations ago... (full context)
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Paul disarms Jamis who has tried to overpower him despite Stilgar’s clear orders. Jessica gives the... (full context)
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Chani offers to lead him down the rocks, teasingly chiding Paul that he chose the most difficult path to climb up and was “as noisy as... (full context)
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...in case they are separated. He also instructs Chani to look after the “child-man,” meaning Paul, and keep him out of trouble. Chani takes great delight in teasing Paul further, but... (full context)
Book 2, Part 10
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The epigraph from Princess Irulan’s text “The Wisdom of Muad’Dib” states the Fremen’s proficiency in “spannungsbogen,” an ancient term for self-discipline. (full context)
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After traveling with Stilgar and his Fremen throughout the night, Paul and Jessica reach the Cave of Rocks at dawn. The follow a narrow channel, moving... (full context)
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...that there are too many unknown factors about the effects of such a union on Paul and on her unborn child. (full context)
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Paul is also watching this scene and reacts to it intensely due to the spice-infused food... (full context)
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Paul understands that there is some danger in this heightened awareness and that he must not... (full context)
Book 2, Part 11
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...her deep sleep shows her new sense of security within the Fremen’s company. Jessica observes Paul across the cave, remembering the way that her son earlier seemed strange and private. She... (full context)
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...remarks that she should not need Fremen to fight for her. He wants to duel Paul to undo the shame he feels at being bested by the young stranger on their... (full context)
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Jamis is also angry that the Paul and Jessica carry a wealth of water to the Fremen, but that it is undervalued... (full context)
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Paul steps forward to try to talk to Jamis, but the Fremen is too worked up... (full context)
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Except for the fact that he is used to fighting with a force shield, Paul feels confident in his training from Gurney Halleck as he and Jamis circle one another.... (full context)
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Paul and Jamis spar, with Paul clearly having greater skills than Jamis. His fighting is beautiful... (full context)
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Jamis reaches a point of desperation in his fear and leaps at Paul, trying to outwit him by changing his knife to his left hand. Thanks to Halleck’s... (full context)
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The rest of the Fremen look at Paul with varying emotions—admiration, fear, even loathing. Jessica and Paul realize that the Fremen do not... (full context)
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As per Fremen custom, Paul is then asked to choose a name for himself that all Fremen may call him... (full context)
Book 2, Part 12
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The epigraph from Princess Irulan’s text “The Wisdom of Muad’Dib” imparts his quote that “God created Arrakis to train the faithful.” (full context)
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...her body and runs across her face. She also worries about Chani’s growing attachment to Paul. Jamis’s funeral takes place and Paul is offered his water—Fremen law states that reclaimed water... (full context)
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...item from the dead man’s belongings, with Stilgar starting the proceedings. As the ceremony continues, Paul does not know what to do except that the Fremen expect him to take part.... (full context)
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Approaching the pile, Paul acknowledges that he was a friend of Jamis. He chooses a baliset (stringed instrument) from... (full context)
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...is to pass on Jamis’s water. Stilgar and Chani ensure that the water goes to Paul along with the customary instructions for its usage—Paul must guard it carefully and share it... (full context)
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...by a windtrap, an invention that precipitates moisture and which is novel to Jessica and Paul. They hear a Fremen remark that the windtrap is has a good catch in it,... (full context)
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...little makers,” and the Fremen have created thousands more sites like it. Jessica thinks that Paul will be able to inspire such a fanatical people to his cause with relative ease. (full context)
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The Fremen observe the water pouring process with a reverent mysticism. Paul is overcome once more about the inevitability of a future violent crusade under his figurehead.... (full context)
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Chani asks Paul to sing a song and play the baliset. Jessica reminds herself that she needs to... (full context)
Book 2, Part 13
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The epigraph in Princess Irulan’s text “Collected Sayings of Muad’Dib” discusses the idea of progress. Muad’Dib describes progress as a shield that protects people from... (full context)
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...more of the convenient accidents that occurred in the Harkonnen attack on Arrakis—Lady Jessica and Paul Atreides are presumed dead after being lost to a desert sandstorm. (full context)
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...despite his jealousy. The couple also comment on the similar talents shared by Feyd-Rautha and Paul Atreides, although their behaviors are worlds apart due to the two men’s different training. The... (full context)
Book 2, Part 14
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The epigraph from Stilgar’s Preface in Princess Irulan’s text “Muad’Dib, The Man” reveals more information about the Muad’Dib’s learnings on Arrakis. Stilgar describes the way... (full context)
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Stilgar’s tribe travel in near silence to their sietch in moonlight. Chani advises Paul to lower his hood in a certain manner to shield everything but his eyes, thereby... (full context)
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Paul, or Usul as the tribe now call him, does the same. He is hit by... (full context)
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Paul hears the news that Chani’s father, Liet-Kynes, is dead. The Fremen are sad and angered,... (full context)
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Swept by a throng of Fremen through to another cave, Paul comes face to face with a beautiful Fremen woman dressed in vibrant colors with water... (full context)
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Paul learns that by besting Jamis, he is now responsible for the man’s two sons. He... (full context)
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Many of Stilgar’s tribe are moving with some urgency to complete installing dew collectors. Paul marvels at the dew collector technologies that catch moisture for plants—they are chromoplastic creations that... (full context)
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Paul continues moving toward his lodgings with Harah. He views a number of Fremen innovations such... (full context)
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Many of the Fremen that Paul passes view him with suspicion, and Harah suggests that he will likely need to prove... (full context)
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Paul wonders where Chani is. He also thinks about his pregnant mother, Jessica, and how she... (full context)
Book 2, Part 15
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The epigraph from Princess Irulan’s work “A Manual of Muad’Dib” is a poetic fragment of text that reveals the way that the Muad’Dib’s ideas “gush”... (full context)
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Paul arrives to the scene, escorted by two young boys who keep their hands on their... (full context)
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...altered Water of Life, no longer poisonous, is passed around the gathered Fremen to share. Paul takes a sip and falls back into the state of higher cognitive awareness. It seems... (full context)
Book 3, Part 1
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...Padishah Emperor. Baron Harkonnen also comments on the new religious leader among the Fremen called Muad'Dib; neither he nor Feyd-Rautha realize their peril. (full context)
Book 3, Part 2
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In the epigraph from Princess Irulan’s text “The Sayings of Muad’Dib,” Muad’Dib claims that humans subconsciously always desire a rational universe. However, the universe is “always... (full context)
Book 3, Part 3
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The epigraph from Princess Irulan’s text “Collected Sayings of Muad’Dib” considers the pattern of the universe. Natural phenomena such as changing seasons have a balance... (full context)
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On Arrakis, Paul dreams beyond space and time under the influence of spice. He dreams of his family—he... (full context)
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Paul’s younger sister, Alia, has also been born. She is a strange child, for despite only... (full context)
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When Paul awakens from his dream, he knows that today he will be tested as a Fremen... (full context)
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Stilgar shows Paul how to mount a sandworm using equipment known by the Fremen as maker hooks. Another... (full context)
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First, though, Paul needs to call a sandworm to him. Stilgar offers him a thumper, which Paul plants... (full context)
Book 3, Part 4
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The epigraph from Princess Irulan’s text “Arrakis Awakening” details Muad’Dib’s secret message to the Great Houses of the Landsraad. He asks them to consider if... (full context)
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In the safety of the sietch warrens, Jessica is dwelling on Paul’s test to ride a sandworm. It is evening, and she has Reverend Mother duties to... (full context)
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Alia enters Jessica’s room with Harah, a female member of Paul’s household. Jessica can see that Harah is troubled deeply and being at odds with the... (full context)
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Harah tells Jessica that she will not remain in Paul’s household much longer—she has held out this long so that her sons receive special training... (full context)
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One of Stilgar’s wives, Tharthar, arrives to speak with Jessica. Tharthar is concerned that when Paul successfully passes the test to ride a sandworm, he will challenge Stilgar’s leadership and fight... (full context)
Book 3, Part 5
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The epigraph from Princess Irulan’s text “Muad’Dib: The Religious Issues” discusses the reality that politics are embedded within religion. Politics spread through... (full context)
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Paul succeeds in mounting and riding the sandworm that he has called with the thumper. After... (full context)
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Paul wants to ride the sandworm south to a newly established sietch that hides Fremen women... (full context)
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While Paul and Stilgar debate what the tribe’s next move is, they hear a smuggler’s ornithopter flying... (full context)
Book 3, Part 6
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The epigraph from Princess Irulan’s text “Muad’Dib: The 99 Wonders of the Universe” reveals that Muad’Dib believed that a person could never... (full context)
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Paul and the Fremen are successful in trapping the smugglers who infringe on Fremen territory. Gurney... (full context)
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Halleck and the smugglers accompany Paul and the Fremen into a cave. Some of the smugglers are undercover Sardaukar soldiers and... (full context)
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Playing a game of strategy, Paul arranges for the Sardaukar captives to escape so that they can report back to Emperor... (full context)
Book 3, Part 7
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In the epigraph from Princess Irulan’s text “Collected saying of Muad’Dib,” Muad’Dib speaks of the way that a person who is angry will refuse to hear... (full context)
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Despite mounting pressure for Paul to challenge Stilgar’s leadership in deadly combat, Paul announces to Stilgar and the Fremen that... (full context)
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Paul has just learned that Baron Harkonnen is withdrawing his support for Count Rabban on Arrakis.... (full context)
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Gurney Halleck, reunited with Paul and accompanying him to meet with his Fremen, is shocked to learn that Lady Jessica... (full context)
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It is only quick thinking and a vulnerable speech from Paul about Jessica’s honor and love for Duke Leto that finally convinces Halleck she is not... (full context)
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...believed a lie about Jessica for so many years. He feels that he has failed Paul and Duke Leto as well as her. He demands that Paul kill him for his... (full context)
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Jessica is suddenly weary, and Paul is distracted by the many decisions he needs to make for the Fremen. They request... (full context)
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Instead of attending to his responsibilities, Paul walks to deep reaches of the cavern where, as per every sietch, a small sandworm... (full context)
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Paul has decided it is time see if he is indeed the Kwisatz Haderach of Bene... (full context)
Book 3, Part 8
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In the epigraph from Princess Irulan’s text “Collected Legends of Arrakis” the Princess relates the Muad’Dib’s trial in undertaking a dangerous transformation ritual by drinking the Water of Life—“a poison that... (full context)
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It is three weeks since Paul decided to drink the Water of Life. Unaware of Paul’s dangerous decision, Chani has been... (full context)
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Upon viewing Paul’s seemingly lifeless body, Chani feels a sudden strong connection to Jessica. She clasps the Reverend... (full context)
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Chani suddenly realizes what Paul has attempted—becoming the first male to pass the Reverend Mother Water of Life test. She... (full context)
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Jessica is appalled to learn that Paul drank the Water of Life. He states that he only sipped the smallest of drops,... (full context)
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...consciousness with Alia or the elderly Fremen Reverend Mother. But it is a connection nonetheless. Paul asks and then commands his mother to show him the dark pit inside that all... (full context)
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Paul shortly releases Jessica, who is completely drained of energy and requires Chani’s help to sit... (full context)
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Paul has been looking not just forwards and backwards in time but in the now, and... (full context)
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...know what the forces are waiting for when they could attack Arrakis at any time. Paul reveals that the Guild are threatening to strand any of the group that lands on... (full context)
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Paul informs Jessica and Chani of his chilling plan to create a Water of Life weapon... (full context)
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The Guild have used their own lesser powers of foresight to realize Paul’s threat; they know he is on Arrakis and are desperately searching for him, but cannot... (full context)
Book 3, Part 9
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Paul, Stilgar and Gurney Halleck sit on high rock at the Arrakeen Shield Wall, surveilling the... (full context)
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Stilgar is concerned for Paul’s safety as it grows light, but Paul is carefree. He knows that if they are... (full context)
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With the impending arrival of the great desert sandstorm, Paul plans to use the epic weather to attack the Imperial and Harkonnen forces by blowing... (full context)
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Paul receives a report from a messenger that the Fremen have their rocket launchers and projectile... (full context)
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...the Guild and Great Houses that are still poised in a fleet above Arrakis. However, Paul knows that they can’t risk involving themselves in the fight with their powerful atomic weapons... (full context)
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...atomics, blowing it up. Fremen immediately target the spaceships with heavy fire as planned. As Paul and his soldiers prepare to meet the Sardaukar in battle, they receive a garbled message... (full context)
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Paul feels detached and empty at the devastating news, believing that everything he touches brings destruction... (full context)
Book 3, Part 10
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...the epigraph from Princess Irulan’s text “Arrakis Awakening,” Irulan describes a scene in which the Muad’Dib stands before an audience and proclaims that a captive who seems dead is in fact... (full context)
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...Harkonnen brothers Rabban and Feyd-Rautha; and, most importantly, any information about the powerful Fremen figure Muad’Dib. (full context)
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...nephews, Rabban and Feyd-Rautha, are currently running a perimeter check. And Baron Harkonnen downplays the Muad’Dib’s authority as well by repeating his earlier assurances to the Emperor that there is nothing... (full context)
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...announcing articulately that she is Duke Leto and Lady Jessica’s daughter and sister of Duke Paul-Muad’Dib. She is completely unafraid in countenance and approaches Baron Harkonnen boldly, addressing him as a... (full context)
Book 3, Part 11
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...from Princess Irulan’s text “Arrakis Awakening,” the Princess relates some of the many facets of Muad’Dib’s fascinating personality. He was a man of contradictory qualities, being both soldier and spiritual leader,... (full context)
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Paul takes his rightful place on the Arrakeen throne. Gurney Halleck and Stilgar would prefer he... (full context)
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Paul asks Halleck to bring Jessica and Chani to him, knowing that Chani will by now... (full context)
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Reflecting on the day’s events, Paul remembers the strange ability that Alia has used to bend time to place a future... (full context)
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Paul sends a captured Sardaukar soldier as a messenger to the Pashidah Emperor to arrange a... (full context)
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Stilgar informs Paul that while Chani has taken time alone in her grief, Lady Jessica has asked to... (full context)
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Jessica finds her son and is shocked by the change that she senses in Paul. He seems removed and cold in manner; Jessica wonders if it is because of his... (full context)
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Jessica snaps at Paul, warning him not to make the same mistake as his father, Duke Leto. Paul coolly... (full context)
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Stilgar starts to indicate that the Padishah Emperor and his party approach, but Paul already seems to know and beats Stilgar to it. Paul’s powers in foresight impress the... (full context)
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...notes that the Guild have also been in contact making demands. Jessica is shocked by Paul’s casual dismissal of the Guild, but he knows his control over Arrakeen spice puts them... (full context)
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Gurney Halleck also informs Paul that Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam is with the Emperor, as is Thufir Hawat, Duke... (full context)
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When the Imperial enemy approach Paul, they are seen to be a dishevelled and somewhat devastated group. Not their leader, though—despite... (full context)
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Paul’s Fremen guards stop the group on their approach to Paul’s throne. He sees Reverend Mother... (full context)
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...pushes forward from the back of the Imperial party. He looks old and frail, but Paul is very glad to see him. Hawat apologizes to Lady Jessica; he has learned from... (full context)
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Paul reaches out to support Hawat, who is almost dead on his feet due to the... (full context)
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Fremen bear Hawat’s body away and for the first time Paul sees fear in the Padishah Emperor’s eyes. Paul uses his Bene Gesserit Voice training to... (full context)
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Paul curtly dismisses the Emperor’s posturing as foolish and turns his attention to the two Guildsmen... (full context)
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Paul addresses Reverend Mother Mohiam, whom he has not seen since she tested him with the... (full context)
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Next, Paul turns his attention to Princess Irulan. He addresses her politely and formally, suggesting that there... (full context)
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Paul and Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen exchange words, and Feyd-Rautha invokes the right of single combat against Paul... (full context)
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Paul asks his “cousin” if he is ready to fight; indeed, Feyd-Rautha is excited by what... (full context)
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...two men circle each other, Feyd-Rautha is exceedingly confident in his taunts and knife thrusts. Paul wonders if a possible opening on Feyd-Rautha’s left side is actually a trap with a... (full context)
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Seeing Paul’s impressive triumph in besting Feyd-Rautha, Emperor Shaddam IV turns to his most trusted friend and... (full context)
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The Padishah Emperor is enraged by Count Fenring’s betrayal and hits him across the face. Paul starts to set out his terms to take the throne—as well as allowing Paul to... (full context)
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As dowry, Paul demands the Pashidah Emperor’s entire CHOAM holdings and titles, as well as holdings for Gurney... (full context)
Appendix II
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...appendix details the origins and history of “the religion of Dune” before the coming of Muad’Dib. (full context)
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Firstly, the narrator describes the dominant religious faiths in the Imperium before Muad’Dib’s ascendancy to the Imperial throne. The widespread followers of the Fourteen Sages follow the Orange... (full context)
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Turning to consider Muad’Dib, the narrator relates the different ways that various groups in the Imperium prophesized and explained... (full context)
Appendix III
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...influence over the Imperium, the matriarchal program was guilty of error on the subject of Paul Atreides. They wrongly dismiss him as the wrong identity for their prophesized messianic figure, the... (full context)
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The Bene Gesserit ignored further warnings that Paul Atreides would become the Kwisatz Haderach: that he demonstrated the gift of foresight from a... (full context)
Appendix IV
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...as a member of the Bene Gesserit order, daughter of Baron Harkonnen, and mother of Paul Atreides. Lady Alia Atreides is listed as Paul’s sister, born to Lady Jessica on Arrakis... (full context)