Bandit’s given a burst of dialogue here and doesn’t waste any of it: speaking for the readers a bit and dangling a small hope of escape while also setting up the story’s actual climax.

My records are still patchy from this period, but it sure felt like a Phil idea to suggest that Bandit’s eyes, as she sees her own death approaching, resolve into tiny cogs as if she’s seeing the thing her people sometimes invoke in place of “God.” Update: But apparently this was accidental… see John’s comment below.

Choice comment by Dain: “While trisecting the angle is impossible with only a straightedge and a compass, Byron just proved it is very possible with two straightedges.”