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by Dan Simmons

A. Bettik

Character Analysis

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A. Bettik is the android who guides the pilgrims from the inn on Keats to the barge Benares. He doesn't serve much of a purpose in this book other than to say, Hey! We've got androids here! and to provide brief religious commentary: "Androids were free from original sin, therefore spiritually superior to humankind and—incidentally—exempt from the Shrike's terrible and inevitable retribution" (2.129).

If Androids are free from original sin, what about iPhones?

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