Study Guide

The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing: Traitor to the Nation, Volume I: The Pox Party Part 1, Chapter 16

By M.T. Anderson

Part 1, Chapter 16

  • Don't pity Octavian—he was a lucky boy… or, that's what Octavian wants you to know anyway.
  • He knows people make think his childhood was totally weird, but he looks back on it as a time of plenty.
  • After all, he got to read, think, play music, hold his mother's hand… totally different from all the other slaves, who lived in crappy conditions and were treated like animals.
  • Back then, he had two selves—the one who might cry and the one who Observed coldly.
  • So even though he cried from time to time as a kid, he also learned how to detach from his crying self too.
  • That's the big Eye that watched him as he grew up—his own self.

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