Why didnt Luke tell his mother about the vents?

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The vents in the attic gave Luke a window to the world from which he was forbidden. Luke's parents love him, and they don't want the Population Police to discover their hidden third child. Society at that time forbids the families from having more than two children. If any third...

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The vents in the attic gave Luke a window to the world from which he was forbidden. Luke's parents love him, and they don't want the Population Police to discover their hidden third child. Society at that time forbids the families from having more than two children. If any third children are born, the family hides them away to avoid their execution. Luke is afraid that if he tells about the vents, his mother would cover them up. Then Luke would never be able to see the outside world. And, I imagine, being in a closed up attic, the temperatures would be nearly unbearable. The vents allow Luke to discover another hidden child, Leslie, in the house across the field. Leslie opened up the world of hidden third children to Luke and set the stage for the following books in the sequels.

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