JLS (jlsjlsjls) wrote,

And, of course, a new "Foreigner" book eventually leads to sharing new favourite bits ...

Tano must, by now, be quite possibly the most multi-skilled Assassin on the planet. In the early days he briefly took care of reading Bren's fan mail (and got to be the first to tease him about getting marriage proposals), researched the financing/logistics/salaries of setting up a correspondence office when the mail got to the overflowing the post office stage (as well as taking care of all the government paperwork and even some hiring to get the thing operational). He's the medic for his team (with the rather daunting responsibility of being unique in having to know, in addition to atevi medicine, enough human physiology to duct tape Bren together when necessary and keep him from being accidentally poisoned when eating out). And he's only ever got to blow something up once in the dozen or so years he's been assigned to Bren.

And now ...
So there, first off, was a question of trust.
Should he admit what any person used to such systems might suspect as a matter of course: that they were under observation, they were being recorded?
In fact they were not only being recorded, every individual word was being computer-captured and linked to context--because nobody since the first human settlement on the planet had had to deal with a completely strange language. Ragi, at least, was within human abilitiy to pronounce, but neither human or atevi could figure the booms and thumps that ranged into the bottom range of hearing. Yes, the devices all linked to a master system.
Tell them that Tano--whose specialty was demolitions, about as far from linguistics as one could get--was in the sitting room of the paidhi's apartment making the best real-time analysis he could manage? Tano was following the conversations, looking at the situational use and helping the computer build a sort of dictionary, flagging repetitions in other contexts, and, if Tano thought of one, even assigning a best-guess definition.

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