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"You see Vicki?" says Tor, "Not only does the reply have to be true, it has to be the correct answer as well."
To the Moroks, 'truth' and 'the correct answer' are the same thing. And 'correct' means 'official', 'integrated', 'obedient'.
"Do you understand that all questions are to be fully answered?" asks the computer, "What is your rank? What is your name? Do you have the Governor's permission to approach? Have you a requisition signed by the Governor? What is its reference number?"
'Truth' is defined as the correct answer to all these questions, the correct integration into the imperial system, the correct official position. Legality is what power says it is. And only the state, and its functionaries, have the legitimate right to use violence.
"Withdrawal requisition numbers are fed in from headquarters. It has to tally with the number given," explains Tor.
Systems of oppression run on tallying numbers.
Vicki's response is to rip the front off the machine and start mucking around in its arcane guts.
She reprograms it; forces it to redefine words according to her insurrectionary imperatives.
"What is your name?" it asks.
"For what purpose are the ...