Give In

Vader chaperones his son into the presence

of his boss, who quickly releases Luke from his


handcuffs from across the star-dappled room.

Luke seems impressed. Then he puts on his cool face. Soon


I’ll be dead, & you with me. But Palpatine sneers:

we are quite safe from your friends here.*


He points out the window to exhibit A:

from this distance it looks like that cosmic melee


is just a few insignificant flashing lights,

but Palpatine assures him that it’s


the end of the alliance &—he flashes a hint

of a smile—the end of your insignificant


rebellion. Luke eyes his saber on the emperor’s

throne. Palpatine grits his teeth. Give in to your anger.


* Incorrect.


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