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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