This scene was in the book Dune and the movie: the human/animal test given Paul Atreides by the Reverend Mother at the beginning of the book and movie. I totally understand the reason of the test: to see if he can control his urge to remove his hand from the pain. But what if he had removed his hand or tried to attack the Bene Gesserit Mother and she had used the Gom Jabbar poison needle on him causing his death. The consequences of a Bene Gesserit witch killing the son of a major Household would spread fear and anger against all Bene Gesserit throughout all Imperial Houses. The Witches are already hated and barely tolerated in the Empire and this heinous act surely would threaten all the Witches lives. I mean who would tolerate a Witch's presence in your household if she might kill your children on command for the Bene Gesserit secret agenda. Also would Paul's mother really allow the Reverend Mother to kill him if he had forced the Reverend Mother to use the poison needle? I understand the test but the negative outcome of her killing him would make no sense. It's my favorite novel and I can be a little picky over some of the details.
Last edited by DukePaul; 2017-Apr-17 at 01:42 PM.
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