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Six

Six, quite rudely, cuts Seven short: “I don’t recall your drawing the Orator.”

“The Architect is permitted to explain the shape of things to come,” huffs Seven. “Obligated, really.”

“But Six is the Advocate,” says Three, “can’t be blamed for fomenting dissent.”

“I think this whole roles-by-lots business is ridiculous,” says Five.

“The old system was biased!” says Four. “Bidding can be gamed, but drawing lots gives the whole business up to the hand of chance.”

Two nods. “We are nothing if we are not equal.”

Then why can we be put in order, asks One, but not aloud.

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