Chapters 20-21 Summary

As Douglas enters, the Federation anthem is played and all stand. After everyone is seated, Jubal is pleased to hear Holst’s “Mars: Bringer of War” played. Everyone rises, except for Smith, who remains seated as is proper for a sovereign ruler. Smith gives greetings in Martian and immediately translates, using the term “Ancient Ones” instead of “Old Ones” at Jill’s suggestion. Jubal thinks this sounds even more intimidating.

On behalf of Smith, Jubal explains that he is old and might not be able to handle the business affairs of the Man from Mars effectively, so he requests Douglas to accept the role. If he does not want to, this position will go to Ben Caxton. Douglas is thrown off balance by this...

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