16o harrison plucked the mental handicap from her ear

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16o Harrison plucked the mental handicap from her ear, snapped off her physical handicaps with marvelous delicacy. Last of all, he removed her mask. She was blindingly beautiful. "Now-" said Harrison, taking her hand, "shall we show the people the meaning of the word dance? Music!" he commanded. The musicians scrambled back into their chairs, and Harrison stripped them of their handicaps, too. "Play your best," he told them, "and I'll make you barons and dukes and earls." The music began. It was normal at first-cheap, silly, false. But Harrison snatched two musicians from their chairs, waved them like batons as he sang 170 the music as he wanted it played. He slammed them back into their chairs. The music began again and was much improved. cower (kou'er) v. to crouch down in fear 0 CONFLICT Reread lines 142-158. Notice how Harrison views himself in relation to other people. How do his views put him in conflict with the government?
Harrison and his Empress merely listened to the music tor a while-listened gravely, as though synchro n i zing their heartbeats with it. They shifted their weights to their roes. Harrison placed his big hands on the girl's tiny waist, letting her sehse the weightlessness that would soon be hers. And then, in an explosion of joy and grace, into the air they sprang! Not only were the laws of the land abandoned, bur the law of graviry and the laws of mocion as well. 180 They reeled, whirled, swiveled, flounced , capered, gamboled, and spun. They leaped like deer on the moon . The studio ceiling was thirty teet high, but each leap brought rhe dancer s nearer ro lt. Ir became their obvious intention to kiss the ceiling. They kissed it. And then, n e u t r alizi n g gravity with love and pure will, they remained suspended in air inches below the ceiling, and they kissed each orher for a long, long rime . a I t was then that Diana Moon Glampers, the Handicapper General, came 190 into the studio with a double-barreled ten-gauge shotgun. She fired twice, and the Emperor and the Empress were dead before they hit the floor. Diana Moon Glampers loaded the gun again . She aimed it at the musicians and told d:•em they had ten seconds ro get the i r handicaps back on. ft was then rhar the Bergerons' television tube burned out. 0 Haze l turned to commenr about the blackout ro George . But George had gone out into the kitchen for a can of beer . George came back in with the beer, paused while a handicap signal shook him up. And then he sat down again. "Y ou been crying?" he said to Hazel. "Yup , " she said. 200 " What about?" h e said . "I forger ," she said. "S omething real sad on television. " "What was it? " he said. " it's all kind of mixed up in my mind," sa i d Hazel. "Fo rger sad things," sai d George. "I always do, " said Hazel. " That 's my girl,'' said George. He winced. There was the sound of a riveting gun 7 in his head .

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