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International 4

International 4 - International 4-8818's true nature is...

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Unformatted text preview: International 4-8818's true nature is revealed in his most important action of the story — his role in the discovery of the abandoned subway tunnel. When Equality 7-2521 decides to explore the tunnel, which is clearly a remnant of the Unmentionable Times, International 4-8818 does not stop him. More telling is his friend's response when Equality 7-2521 states that the tunnel belongs to him and is not to be reported to the authorities. At first, International 4-8818 covers his ears with his hands, for never in his life has he heard thoughts such as these expressed. But then Equality 7-2521 reminds him that if they report his solo exploration of the tunnel, the authorities will lash him to death before International 4-8818's eyes. Equality 7-2521 asks International 4-8818 whether he would be party to this. International 4-8818 "stood straight of a sudden and they answered, 'Rather would we die.'" He this....
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