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The Moon is a Harsh Mistress Chapter 21

By Robert Heinlein

Chapter 21

  • The Davis family gathers to welcome Mannie home.
  • At the station, a crowd has formed to cheer for the returning heroes; Prof delivers a speech and leads the crowd in patriotic song.
  • The core revolutionary group gets down to planning the next step. Due to the success of Prof's speech, Mike recommends pushing the embargo through Congress immediately.
  • Wyoh updates Mannie that the Congress has now been elected into office. Oh, and it's hinted that Mike rigged the elections so that Mannie, Wyoh, Prof, and eighty-six percent of their candidates won seats.
  • Mannie wonders when they start throwing rocks at Earth, but Mike points out the Federated Nations need to be the first ones to throw the punch—it's how you play the game.
  • Around midnight, Congress passes the embargo.