Dune[EPUB] ✰ Dune By Frank Herbert – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk Chapter One A beginning is the time for taking the most delicate care that the balances are correct This every sister of the Bene Gesserit knows To begin your study of the life of Muad Dib then take c Chapter One A beginning is the time for taking the most delicate care that the balances are correct This every sister of the Bene Gesserit knows To begin your study of the life of Muad Dib then take care that you first place him in his time born in the th year of the Padishah Emperor Shaddam IV And take the most special care that you locate Muad Dib in his place the planet Arrakis Do not be deceived by the fact that he was born on Caladan and lived his first fifteen years there Arrakis the planet known as Dune is forever his place from Manual of Muad Dib by the Princess Irulan In the week before their departure to Arrakis when all the final scurrying about had reached a nearly unbearable frenzy an old crone came to visit the mother of the boy Paul It was a warm night at Castle Caladan and the ancient pile of stone that had served the Atreides family as home for twenty six generations bore that cooled sweat feeling it acuired before a change in the weather The old woman was let in by the side door down the vaulted passage by Paul s room and she was allowed a moment to peer in at him where he lay in his bed By the half light of a suspensor lamp dimmed and hanging near the floor the awakened boy could see a bulky female shape at his door standing one step ahead of his mother The old woman was a witch shadowhair like matted spiderwebs hooded round darkness of features eyes like glittering jewels Is he not small forhis age Jessica the old woman asked Her voice wheezed and twanged like an untuned baliset Paul s mother answered in her soft contralto The Atreides are known to start late getting their growth Your ReverenceSo I ve heard so I ve heard wheezed the old woman Yet he s already fifteenYes Your ReverenceHe s awake and listening to us said the old woman Sly little rascal She chuckled But royalty has need of slyness And if he s really the Kwisatz Haderach wellWithin the shadows of his bed Paul held his eyes open to mere slits Two bird bright ovalsthe eyes of the old womanseemed to expand and glow as they stared into his Sleep well you sly little rascal said the old woman Tomorrow you ll need all your faculties to meet my gom jabbarAnd she was gone pushing his mother out closing the door with a solid thump Paul lay awake wondering What s a gom jabbarIn all the upset during this time of change the old woman was the strangest thing he had seen Your Reverence And the way she called his mother Jessica like a common serving wench instead of what she wasa Bene Gesserit Lady a duke s concubine and mother of the ducal heir Is a gom jabbar something of Arrakis I must know before we go therehe wondered He mouthed her strange words Gom jabbar Kwisatz Haderach There had been so many things to learn Arrakis would be a place so different from Caladan that Paul s mind whirled with the new knowledge ArrakisDuneDesert Planet 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 uasi fief under a CHOAM Company contract to mine the geriatric spice melange Now the Harkonnens were leaving to be replaced by the House of Atreides in fief completean apparent victory for the Duke Leto Yet Hawat had said this appearance contained the deadliest peril for the Duke Leto was popular among the Great Houses of the Landsraad A popular man arouses the jealousy of the powerful Hawat had said ArrakisDuneDesert Planet Paul fell asleep to dream of an Arrakeen cavern silent people all around him moving in the dim light of glowglobes It was solemn there and like a cathedral as he listened to a faint soundthe drip drip drip of water Even while he remained in the dream Paul knew he would remember it upon awakening He always remembered the dreams that were predictions The dream faded Paul awoke to feel himself in the warmth of his bedthinking thinking This world of Castle Caladan without play or companions his own age perhaps did not deserve sadness in farewell Dr Yueh his teacher had hinted that the faufreluches class system was not rigidly guarded on Arrakis The planet sheltered people who lived at the desert edge without caid or bashar to command them will o the sand people called Fremen marked down on no census of the Imperial Regate ArrakisDuneDesert Planet Paul sensed his own tensions decided to practice one of the mind body lessons his mother had taught him Three uick breaths triggered the responses he fell into the floating awareness focusing the consciousness aortal dilation avoiding the unfocused mechanism of consciousness to be conscious by choice blood enriched and swift flooding the overload regions one does not obtain food safety freedom by instinct alone animal consciousness does not extend beyond the given moment nor into the idea that its victims may become extinct the animal destroys and does not produce animal pleasures remain close to sensation levels and avoid the perceptual the human reuires a background grid through which to see his universe focused consciousness by choice this forms your grid bodily integrity follows nerve blood flow according to the deepest awareness of cell needs all things cells beings are impermanent strive for flow permanence within Over and over and over within Paul s floating awareness the lesson rolled When dawn touched Paul s window sill with yellow light he sensed it through closed eyelids opened them hearing then the renewed bustle and hurry in the castle seeing the familiar patterned beams of his bedroom ceiling The hall door opened and his mother peered in hair like shaded bronze held with black ribbon at the crown her oval face emotionless and green eyes staring solemnly You re awake she said Did you sleep wellYesHe studied the tallness of her saw the hint of tension in her shoulders as she chose clothing for him from the closet racks Another might have missed the tension but she had trained him in the Bene Gesserit Wayin the minutiae of observation She turned holding a semiformal jacket for him It carried the red Atreides hawk crest above the breast pocket Hurry and dress she said Reverend Mother is waitingI dreamed of her once Paul said Who is sheShe was my teacher at the Bene Gesserit school Now she s the Emperor s Truthsayer And Paul She hesitated You must tell her about your dreamsI will Is she the reason we got ArrakisWe did not get Arrakis Jessica flicked dust from a pair of trousers hung them with the jacket on the dressing stand beside his bed Don t keep Reverend Mother waitingPaul sat up hugged his knees What s a gom jabbarAgain the training she had given him exposed her almost invisible hesitation a nervous betrayal he felt as fear Jessica crossed to the window flung wide the draperies stared across the river orchards toward Mount Syubi You ll learn about the gom jabbar soon enough she said He heard the fear in her voice and wondered at it Jessica spoke without turning Reverend Mother is waiting in my morning room Please hurry The Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam sat in a tapestried chair watching mother and son approach Windows on each side of her overlooked the curving southern bend of the river and the green farmlands of the Atreides family holding but the Reverend Mother ignored the view She was feeling her age this morningthan a little petulant She blamed it on space travel and association with that abominable Spacing Guild and its secretive ways But here was a mission that reuired personal attention from a Bene Gesserit with the Sight Even the Padishah Emperor s Truthsayer couldn t evade that responsibility when the duty call came Damn that Jessica the Reverend Mother thought If only she d borne us a girl as she was ordered to doJessica stopped three paces from the chair dropped a small curtsy a gentle flick of left hand along the line of her skirt Paul gave the short bow his dancing master had taughtthe one used when in doubt of another s stationThe nuances of Paul s greeting were not lost on the Reverend Mother She said He s a cautious one JessicaJessica s hand went to Paul s shoulder tightened there For a heartbeat fear pulsed through her palm Then she had herself under control Thus he has been taught Your ReverenceWhat does she fearPaul wondered The old woman studied Paul in one gestalten flicker face oval like Jessica s but strong bones hair the Duke s black black but with browline of the maternal grandfather who cannot be named and that thin disdainful nose shape of directly staring green eyes like the old Duke the paternal grandfather who is dead Now there was a man who appreciated the power of bravuraeven in death the Reverend Mother thought Teaching is one thing she said the basic ingredient is another We shall see The old eyes darted a hard glance at Jessica Leave us I enjoin you to practice the meditation of peaceJessica took her hand from Paul s shoulder Your Reverence IJessica you know it must be donePaul looked up at his mother puzzled Jessica straightened Yes of coursePaul looked back at the Reverend Mother Politeness and his mother s obvious awe of this old woman argued caution Yet he felt an angry apprehension at the fear he sensed radiating from his mother Paul Jessica took a deep breath this test you re about to receive it s important to meTest He looked up at her Remember that you re a duke s son Jessica said She whirled and strode from the room in a dry swishing of skirt The door closed solidly behind her Paul faced the old woman holding anger in check Does one dismiss the Lady Jessica as though she were a serving wenchA smile flicked the corners of the wrinkled old mouth The Lady Jessica was my serving wench lad for fourteen years at school She nodded And a good one too Now you come hereThe command whipped out at him Paul found himself obeying before he could think about it Using the Voice on me he thought He stopped at her gesture standing beside her knees See this she asked From the folds of her gown she lifted a green metal cube about fifteen centimeters on a side She turned it and Paul saw that one side was openblack and oddly frightening No light penetrated that open blackness Put your right hand in the box she said Fear shot through Paul He started to back away but the old woman said Is this how you obey your motherHe looked up into bird bright eyes Slowly feeling the compulsions and unable to inhibit them Paul put his hand into the box He felt first a sense of cold as the blackness closed around his hand then slick metal against his fingers and a prickling as though his hand were asleep A predatory look filled the old woman s features She lifted her right hand away from the box and poised the hand close to the side of Paul s neck He saw a glint of metal there and started to turn toward it Stop she snapped Using the Voice againHe swung his attention back to her face I hold at your neck the gom jabbar she said The gom jabbar the high handed enemy It s a needle with a drop of poison on its tip Ah ah Don t pull away or you ll feel that poisonPaul tried to swallow in a dry throat He could not take his attention from the seamed old face the glistening eyes the pale gums around silvery metal teeth that flashed as she spoke 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 uick ones and the slow ones and the ones in between Here s a new one for you the gom jabbar It kills only animalsPride overcame Paul s fear You dare suggest a duke s son is an animal he demanded Let us say I suggest you may be human she said Steady I warn you not to try jerking away I am old but my hand can drive this needle into your neck before you escape meWho are you he whispered How did you trick my mother into leaving me alone with you Are you from the HarkonnensThe Harkonnens Bless us no Now be silent A dry finger touched his neck and he stilled the involuntary urge to leap away Good she said You pass the first test Now here s the way of the rest of it If you withdraw your hand from the box you die This is the only rule Keep your hand in the box and live Withdraw it and diePaul took a deep breath to still his trembling If I call out there ll be servants on you in seconds and you ll dieServants will not pass your mother who stands guard outside that door Depend on it Your mother survived this test Now it s your turn Be honored We seldom administer this to men childrenCuriosity reduced Paul s fear to a manageable level He heard truth in the old woman s voice no denying it If his mother stood guard out there if this were truly a test And whatever it was he knew himself caught in it trapped by that hand at his neck the gom jabbar He recalled the response from the Litany against Fear as his mother had taught him out of the Bene Gesserit riteI 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 remainHe felt calmness return said Get on with it old woman Praise for DuneI know nothing comparable to it except TheLord of the RingsArthur C ClarkeIt is possible that Dune is evenrelevant now than when it was first published The New Yorker An astonishing science fiction phenomenon The Washington PostOne of the monuments of modern science fiction Chicago TribunePowerful convincing and most ingeniousRobert A Heinlein Herberts creation of this universe with its intricate development and analysis of ecology religion politics and philosophy remains one of the supreme and seminal achievements in science fiction Louisville Times.

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  • Dune
  • Frank Herbert
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  • 24 March 2016
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