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Huey Laforet (the father) and Chané Laforet (his daughter) converse. He calls Chané a good child due to the fact that she follows his instruction, and his instruction alone. He backs this up by saying that Chané does not come into contact with other people - her mother included - often enough for it to be any other way.
Huey explains that it is his daughter's role to be the guardian of his knowledge. He proceeds to grant Chané a glimpse of this knowledge, after she promises to keep it a secret without hesitation. Huey asks her whether she would like anything in return for the favour, to which Chané answers that she wants her voice to be taken away. This is Chané's way of assuring her father that his secrets will be safe, which Huey acknowledges.
The scene then cuts to Huey reminiscing by himself. He laughs mirthlessly and wonders what Elmer would think if he were to hear about Chané's decision. Referring to Chané as his 'guinea pig', Huey concludes that he has succeeded to instill a sense of undying loyalty upon her. In the end, he resolves to continue observing Chané in order to see whether she can achieve happiness without a voice.
- The narrator of the chapter is Huey Laforet.
- Chané's mother, as mentioned by Huey, is Renee Paramedes Branvillier.
- The knowledge which Huey transfers to Chané presumably surrounds the Grand Panacea or other secrets of immortality.
- The 'Elmer' to whom Huey directs his internal monologue is Elmer C. Albatross, a childhood friend from his alchemy school days.
Characters in Order of AppearanceEdit
"You are my daughter, my protector, my guinea pig, and the guardian of my knowledge. After all, that is why you were born." - Huey Laforet
"My voice– Take it– Please, erase my voice, my words." - Chané Laforet (her last words before becoming mute)
"Listen, Elmer. Smile junkie. Mr. Happy Ending. Do you think that poor guinea pig will ever have a happy life?" - Huey Laforet