The Lone Sentinel Summary
Jo Dereske

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The Lone Sentinel Summary

The underlying subject of The Lone Sentinel is the balance between conformity and individualism. Until his father is killed in a fall from the tower, Erik has never deviated from the rules set out in the Trust Control Manual.

Just as he has modelled his speech on the patterns of the Say It Right videos supplied by Trust Control, Erik has unquestioningly adopted the code of civilized, responsible behavior followed by his father and grandfather, both of whom were "caremen." His father's death poses a dilemma for Erik, however, because he is unwilling to leave his lifelong home and he doubts that either he or his dog Thursday will be comfortable in the urban setting of New Province. As a result, he breaks two major rules: He fails to report his father's death, and he attempts to maintain the sentinel alone.

Erik believes that his conformity to procedural...

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