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"Hm. There are mostly two categories for different sorts of people and I wonder if you can sort them given a list - you know things like how to talk, see, and I want to know what other things you might not have noticed you know - people can have names like Mile, Feris, Zaira, Tana, Taren, Teru, Rie, Valan, Dira, Lonan, Lanan, Lenu, Relu, Fere, Zatar, Sumi, Lili, Lile, Luna, Eli..." She really rattles them off.

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"I wouldn't know how to sort those except by things like whether I like them or not."

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"Huh! Names like Teru and Relu are for girls and names like Zaira and Lanan are for boys. Feris is mostly for boys and Rie is mostly for girls but they can be either."

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"I'm not sure what makes a name like Teru and Relu instead of like Zaira and Lanan if it's a very different name that doesn't sound much like any of them like Sumi. I'm a girl though so probably should have a girl's name."

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"Sumi is for girls but less... insistently so. You know, I've been trying to tease out what exactly you do and don't remember implicitly - you knew what a girl is, for instance, or at least I assume you're right about that - " and here is the kitchen but Mile's going to finish this thought anyway. "What I've noticed is that you're consistently and dramatically more articulate than you ought to be and if you're lying about having lost your memory you're doing it oddly well. And that... you know about food, which of course you'd need, and about girls, which you are, but not about which names are for girls. And no one's remarked to me about a local child learning to talk very quickly, which they might not have, but - I wonder if you haven't actually been exposed to other people beyond whoever was caring for you before."

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"That's an interesting guess... I will note it if things seem weird to me instead of merely unfamiliar like the names, I guess. Rie is a pretty okay name but I bet there are nicer ones."

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"What would make a name nicer?"

And here are some foods she might recognize, such as lentils and pickles and cheese and sausage...

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"If it -" She is brought up short by the sausage. "What's that?"

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"Sausage. It’s meat."

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"Like... an animal? A dead animal? What's it for?"

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"When you eat the flesh of a creature you take a little of its strength into yourself."

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"You eat it? Ew!"

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"That’s a rude thing to say. Meat is good for you and other people want it even if you don't."

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"They can have it!"

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Mile laughs. "Do you already know about cheese? And vegetables?"

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"I know about vegetables. Is that the cheese?" She points at the unidentified item. "Other people can have that too."

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"You didn't know about cheese, either... do you know about milk or fish?"

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"I know what a fish is. You're saying people eat them?"

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"Yes. What do you know about them?"

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"They're animals. They swim in water and have fins and scales."

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"Huh. Aside from the foods, do you know what everything else you've seen here is?"

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"We're in a house, I woke up in a basket, we're wearing clothes..."

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Mile nods. "Do you know what country we're in and what a country is?"

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"I have a sort of vague idea what a country is, like, it's whoever has a particular queen or king. I don't know what one this is or what ones there are."

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"This one is Sesat, which is next to Niazon, Iral and Azan. There are more farther away."

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