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Book 1, Sections 1–2 The novel opens as the noble family Atreides prepares to leave the lush, water-rich planet Caladan and move to the des... Read More
Book 1, Sections 3–4 Near sunset on the day of Paul's test, the Reverend Mother confronts Jessica about bearing a son rather than a daughte... Read More
Book 1, Sections 5–6 A short time after Halleck leaves, Paul is visited by Dr. Yueh, his teacher, in the training room. Paul asks for lesso... Read More
Book 1, Section 7–8 On Arrakis, in the city of Arrakeen, Lady Jessica stands among the stacked boxes of their possessions and surveys the ... Read More
Book 1, Sections 9–10 Paul, who had only pretended to sleep while his mother was there, waits for his mother's footsteps to disappear down t... Read More
Book 1, Section 11–12 Duke Leto Atreides has been informed of the attempt on Paul's life and stands on the parapet of a tower above the land... Read More
Book 1, Section 13–14 Still in the command headquarters, Duke Leto Atreides meets alone with Thufir Hawat shortly after the staff meeting. T... Read More
Book 1, Sections 15–16 The imperial ecologist/planetologist Dr. Kynes is to be the Judge of the Change, the person assigned by the emperor "t... Read More
Book 1, Sections 17–18 Jessica wakes at 2:00 a.m. to a disturbance. Quickly dressing, she goes to the Great Hall. The disturbance turns out t... Read More
Book 1, Sections 19–20 Jessica wakes in the dark, bound and gagged. When she opens her eyes, the baron and Piter are there. The baron gives P... Read More
Book 1, Sections 21–22 Baron Harkonnen observes the city of Arrakeen from his command post as explosives set by his soldiers finish off the d... Read More
Book 2, Sections 23–24 While Paul and Jessica spend the night in the tent provided in the Fremkit, a storm covers the tent in sand. In the mo... Read More
Book 2, Sections 25–26 The aircraft that appear above Paul and Jessica turn out to be led by Duncan Idaho, who is accompanied by Kynes and se... Read More
Book 2, Sections 27–28 Aided by his heightened awareness Paul is able to pilot the aircraft through the storm and land. The two make a run fo... Read More
Book 2, Sections 29–30 In the late afternoon Paul and Jessica use binoculars to survey the landscape. They see some desert plants and plan to... Read More
Book 2, Sections 31–32 Paul and Jessica are surrounded by the band of Fremen, but their leader turns out to be Stilgar, already known to Paul... Read More
Book 2, Sections 33–34 Jamis, a man Paul had incapacitated during the initial encounter with Stilgar's band, challenges Jessica. He demands t... Read More
Book 2, Section 35–36 It is Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen's 17th birthday, and because he is the baron's designated heir, everyone on Giedi Prime is... Read More
Book 2, Section 37 Jessica stands with Stilgar on a ledge above a great cavern filled with thousands of Fremen. Paul and the two sons of Ha... Read More
Book 3, Sections 38–39 It is now two years later. Baron Harkonnen storms into an antechamber where his guard captain, Nefud, is deep under th... Read More
Book 3, Sections 40–41 Under the influence of a meal heavy in spice Paul dreams memories in a timeless state. He dreams of Chani and his son,... Read More
Book 3, Sections 42–43 Using the maker hooks Paul successfully rides a sandworm. After a brief ride alone he is joined by the other men. They... Read More
Book 3, Sections 44–45 Paul announces to the assembled Fremen he will not challenge Stilgar's leadership. Instead, he displays the ducal sign... Read More
Book 3, Sections 46–47 The emperor has landed and set up camp. Surveying the emperor's command post, Paul shares his plan with Stilgar and Ha... Read More
Book 3, Section 48 At his father's mansion in Arrakeen, Paul takes care of post-battle business and awaits the arrival of the emperor. He i... Read More
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