Player Piano - Chapters 32 - 33 Summary & Analysis

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Chapters 32 - 33 Summary

Paul is tried for treason as the leader of the Ghost Shirt Society. He is convinced that it is, honestly, treason, since the government is so closely tied to the corporate-run machines. Paul parrots Finnerty, Lasher, and von Neumann's words at the trial. He's hooked up to an elaborate lie detector that can tell with perfect accuracy whether he's lying, telling the truth, or telling a half-truth. Paul uses the opportunity to argue the case for revolution against the machines.

The prosecutor questions Paul about his motives for leading the Ghost Shirt Society. Paul is surprised when his answers begin registering false on the lie detector. The machine has detected something that Paul hasn't yet admitted to himself, and the prosecutor finally draws out that Paul's chief motivation for leading the rebellion is anger at his famous but distant father. Paul...

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