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Emily Short

Release 6

Section 7 - The Crawlspace

The Crawlspace is below the trap-door. "An awkward, low, concrete-lined crawlspace beneath the tin hut. It smells somewhat like animals; in spite of this it clearly gets a bit more use than anyone would like the customs officials to know about."

The Crawlspace is indoors.

After deciding the scope of the player when the player is in the Crawlspace:

if the trap-door is wedged by something (called the impediment):

place the impediment in scope.

Report facing in Crawlspace:

say "There is only darkness, but I assume the space extends only under the rest of the building. There's no obvious sign of any other interesting items being stored down here." instead.

The crate is a container in the Crawlspace. "[if the location is the Crawlspace]The only significant thing down here is a [crate][otherwise]A [crate] is here, looking desperately out of place[end if]." The crate is openable and closed and fixed in place. The heft of the crate is 4.

Test crate-bug with "drop crate / put tub in crate / wave c-remover at crate / autoupgrade / wave c-remover at crate / open tub / gel rate / put plans in crate / wave c-remover at crate / n" holding the tub and the crate and the plans.

Report involuntarily-dropping the crate:

say "[You] [are] forced to set the bulky crate down on the ground." instead.

Instead of taking the crate:

say "[The crate] is too substantial to shift easily."

The watch is a wearable thing in the crate. The description of the watch is "An (apparently) valuable watch with diamonds set in the face."

The band is a thing in the crate. The description is "A paper strip used to keep printed materials together before distribution."

Understand "strip" or "paper strip" as the band.

The leaflet is an illegal thing in the crate. The description is "It's a subversive tract attacking the state's line on punishing people with inanimate status. It quotes the official state justification (from the days when they bothered to justify it at all) as follows:

[italic type]There are those who argue that it is just as inhumane to make a man inanimate as to kill him. And indeed it is a form of execution, in that the man is wiped out and some other thing replaces him. Execution, that is, in every detail but one: it is reversible. Many men have been executed in error, going innocent to the electric chair or the noose, and once dead they can never be retrieved.

The personality of a man made inanimate, however, stays behind in the changed object, ready to be retrieved should new evidence come to light; and until that date he is harmless to society, and costs almost nothing to store (as compared to the costs of prison guardianship and maintenance).[roman type]

It follows up by discussing the problems with this argument: the tendency of objects to 'fade' over time so that their original form is completely lost; the fact that an inanimate object can hardly direct its own appeal proceedings; the strong words against this kind of punishment in the Geneva Conventions."

Rule for printing the name of the leaflet while listing contents of something:

say "single discarded leaflet".