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John Cater, Rob Dubbin, Eric Eve, Elizabeth Heller, Jayzee, Kazuki Mishima, Sarah Morayati, Mark Musante, Emily Short, Adam Thornton, and Ziv Wities

Release 1

Section 2 - Prying apart words

[And here because Snow looks longingly at the heart, we might imagine trying to give it to her:]

Understand the command "feed" as something new. Understand "feed [something preferably held] to [someone]" as feeding it to. Feeding it to is an action applying to one carried thing and one thing.

Check feeding something to the player:

try consuming the second noun instead.

Check feeding something to someone:

say "You rather doubt that [the second noun] would appreciate that." instead.

[And because violence is so essential to the game:]

Understand "poison [something]" as a mistake ("[if the noun is inanimate][The noun] lack[s] digestion; it follows that poisoning is impossible.[otherwise][one of]The Queen has assassins; you are not among them[or]There are probably poisonous toadstools in these woods, but it would be a trifle obvious to go hunting for one now[at random].[end if]").

Understand "drown [something]" as a mistake ("[if the noun is inanimate][The noun] do[es] not breathe to begin with.[otherwise]You are lacking the requisite equipment, viz. a millpond, a cesspool, or a butt of malmsey.[end if]").

Definition: a thing is inanimate if it is not a person.

Understand the command "punch" as something new. Understand the command "hit" as something new.

Understand "smack [something]" as bullying. bullying is an action applying to one thing.

Understand the commands "punch" or "hit" or "slap" or "strangle" or "choke" or "suffocate" or "smother" as "smack".

Understand "step on [something]" as bullying.

Check bullying the player:

say "And wouldn't you just look fit for tying up, then?" instead.

Check bullying someone:

say "Your training is to fight with weapons. [one of]Anything less shows contempt for your opponent, as your father used to say.[or][scolding][stopping]" instead.

To say scolding:

repeat through the Table of Disgraceful Behavior:

if the player's command includes topic entry:

say "[reason-why-not entry][line break]";

stop.

Table of Disgraceful Behavior

topicreason-why-not
"punch/hit""Fist-fights are for taverns."
"slap/smack""Only women hit with an open hand."
"kick""Kicking is suitable to children who haven't yet learned to hold their water."
"strangle/choke""Strangulation is an assassin's trick."
"suffocate/smother""Your father said suffocation was best used only on those who were already dying in pain. Nonetheless he himself did not accept this form of mercy, if mercy it is."
"step on""Step on nothing larger than an insect, your father always said; anything larger might bite your heel."

Check bullying a body part:

let owner be a random person who incorporates the noun;

try bullying the owner instead.

Check bullying:

say "[The noun] [has-have] done nothing to you." instead.

Understand "kick [something]" as kicking. Kicking is an action applying to one thing.

Check kicking the player:

say "Metaphorically, no doubt." instead.

Check kicking something which is part of the player:

say "You lack the flexibility." instead.

Check kicking something which is part of Snow White:

say "You can't kick higher than a dwarrow's head, as the old saying goes." instead. [1]

Check kicking:

try bullying the noun instead. [if we fall through to this point we just want to convert the action.]

Understand the command "hug" as something new. Understand "hug [someone]" as hugging. Hugging is an action applying to one thing.

Check hugging the player:

say "That doesn't warm you up for long." instead.

Check hugging the corpse:

say "But the corpse is... leaking." instead.

Check hugging Snow White:

if Snow White is warm:

say "It's true she seems more than usually approachable, and yet that is only a relative measure." instead;

otherwise:

say "The time you spent half-carrying her through the woods was embrace enough and more." instead.

Report hugging someone: [2]

say "You put your arms around [the noun] for a [comforting] moment."

Notes

[1]. I know, I know. But part of the point is: unconsciously, you retain a bit of the bigotry of your kind; in fact, you've reverted a bit since your sundering; but that didn't, in the crunch, prevent you from making a choice on the dwarrows' behalf.

[2]. Presumably this will happen only with new-snow-white