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The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing: Traitor to the Nation, Volume I: The Pox Party Part 4, Chapter 5

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Part 4, Chapter 5

  • Octavian can't believe he's back in the Canaan house.
  • There's no freedom, especially no freedom of movement, and it's like he never left the house.
  • It's the worst. He really just can't believe that he's back in the house where…
  • But Octavian doesn't show what he writes because he's scratched it out completely.
  • But we can guess what he means…
  • He means Cassiopeia, because he goes on to tell us about how, the last time he was imprisoned, it was in the ice house at that place in Boston.
  • Back then, he had his mother there with him, and she would speak comforting words to him.
  • He moans again about returning to "that house of death."
  • And then, these last words, lightly scratched out: "There is no."

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