The People in the Trees - The Memoirs of A. Norton Perina – Part 5, The First Child, Section 2 Summary & Analysis

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3. Back at the lab, Perina writes, he realized that little had changed: the mice were still on the course of deterioration, and more and more people were searching for a way to get onto Ivu’ivu. Eventually, Perina then writes, he was forced to admit to Sereny, and in a published paper, that the anti-aging effects of the opa’ivu’eke had a significant failing – the deterioration of those who consumed it. He describes, in narration, how he had found it difficult to decide when to reveal that information – too late, and Sereny would figure the situation out and publish the information himself; too soon, and those trying to exploit the island would be alerted, and therefore risk the island even more.

On his next trip to Ivu’ivu (eight months later), Perina was...

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