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Emma: If you could vote, who would it be for?

Patrick: Whoever my Master liked best.

Emma: Aw, that’s sweet . . . But if you’re thousands of years old, you must have some fascinating political opinions of your own!

Patrick: Am I supposed to have those, Bee?

Bianca: No! Don’t worry, you’re fine.

Emma: . . . Let me talk to you over here for a minute.

Bianca: I’ll be right back!

Emma: Is this his way of being “helpful”? And can you get him to switch it off? I really am curious about how he feels.

Bianca: It’s . . . not as interesting as you’d think.

He doesn’t really have the perspective of an immortal. He doesn’t remember most of his life from two or more Masters ago. And even if he did . . . the way he’s programmed, his feelings and preferences would still adapt to whatever his current Master — that’s me — wants.

Emma: You make him sound like a robot.

Bianca: Sort of.

Emma: Are you sure he’s not more like a House-Elf?

Bianca: I thought he would be! But he’s been working very hard to prove that wrong.