What is the connection between language and what we are able to think about? Describe how simile works for the Arieke with specific reference to how they create similes with humans, especially Avice. Consider how, like their language, similes point to other real things in the world, things that already exist. Then explain why some of the Arieke want to be able to lie – is it merely to be able to deceive (hint: NO!)? If not, then what is the purpose of lying, and how does it relate to what we are able to think about? And be sure to consider the very end of the novel – what happens to Avice and Spanish Dancer, what are they doing, and how does it relate to “what we are able to think about”? What changes in Part 8 of the novel that changes everything for the Arieke?