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Dr. Stadler leaped to stop him – but Meigs shoved him aside with one arm, gave a gulp of laughter at the sight of Stadler falling to the floor, and with the other arm, yanked a lever of the Xylophone.
The crash of sound – the screeching crash of ripped metal and of pressures colliding on conflicting circuits, the sound of a monster turning upon itself – was heard only inside the structure. No sound was heard outside. (18.104.22.168-91)
The destruction of Project X is a very fitting symbolic end to the looters' regime, as is the fact that Meigs is the one to pull the lever. An ignorant thug, Meigs rose to power in a criminal regime and then brought down destruction on everyone by abusing the "tools" of the looters' system.
"That's what you think!" said Ferris, and chuckled. "You haven't seen our experimental model in action. Last month, we got three confessions in three unsolved murder cases."
"If . . ." started Mr. Thompson, and his voice cracked suddenly into a moan, "if he dies, we all perish!"
"Don't worry," said Ferris. "He won't. The Ferris Persuader is safely calculated against that possibility." (22.214.171.124-28)
It's also fitting that the looters would use science and technology to develop machines for torture and exploitation.