• Matty lives with a blind man known as Seer in Village where everyone is welcomed.
• Matty recalls his childhood in a village where people with afflictions were often killed.
• Matty has a friend named Jean who is the daughter of the school teacher named Mentor, who also has a defect.
• Matty is a messenger for Leader who is head of Village.
• On a particular day, Matty is headed into Forest because he wants some time alone.
• One day Matty and Ramon are fishing together, and Ramon is constantly talking about a Gaming Machine his parents obtained at Trade Mart.
• Matty recalls the previous night when he'd heard a keening indicating that Gatherer had been "taken" by Forest.
• Matty has been in Village for six years and recalls that he was wild when he arrived.
• Leader has a gift of sight "beyond" and can...
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