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    @dr_mitch said:
    I don't think Gurgeh's ennui was being stoked. But it was certainly observed, which made him especially suitable. He probably wasn't the only game player being observed by a long way.

    Which made me wonder about Olz Hap, the girl who Gurgeh beat but cheated in the process. Was SC testing both to see which would be more suitable to send? And did Gurgeh's inclination towards wanting to win by unfair means promote his chances?

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    @RichardAbbott said:

    @dr_mitch said:
    I don't think Gurgeh's ennui was being stoked. But it was certainly observed, which made him especially suitable. He probably wasn't the only game player being observed by a long way.

    Which made me wonder about Olz Hap, the girl who Gurgeh beat but cheated in the process. Was SC testing both to see which would be more suitable to send? And did Gurgeh's inclination towards wanting to win by unfair means promote his chances?

    Oooooh. That's very good. They wanted to send a Culture player, but they didn't want to send a saint. They wanted someone who had the capacity to really understand the Azadian point of view.

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    They also wanted to send someone who wanted to go - I doubt Hap was disenchanted with her very short life so far. Also, she was IIRC a specialist in the one game, rather than being a generalist like Gurgeh, so I doubt they would want to send her...

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    I’m so far behind in comments here that it’s embarrassing.

    I loved this book. I also noticed the use of language to shape and control Gurgeh. I loved the philosophical aspects of the book. I haven’t yet looked at the rest of the questions, so maybe that is brought up elsewhere. If so, I’ll chime n there. If not,mill find an appropriate place to drop in my late comments.

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