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I’ve spent the past few months convinced that we were still identifiable as girls, women – no beauty queens, certainly, shaggy and white and misshapen, but at least half human; it’s only now, watching the Agent’s reaction, that I realize what we’ve become in his absence. I see us as he must: white faces, with sunken noses that look partially erased. Eyes insect-huge. Spines and elbows incubating lace for wings. (51)

This passage questions what it means to be human. Kitsune believes that she, and the other girls, are still human because it is how they perceive themselves. She becomes blind to the physical changes she and the others are going through in a ‘too close to the forest to see the trees’ manner. However, Kitsune does not seem to be disturbed when she becomes aware of the absolute transformation they all have undergone. This could indicate that she has unconsciously come to terms with her complete transformation. By connecting with the silkworm part of her, Kitsune mentally separates herself from the Agent. This separation allows her to cocoon the Agent in silk, sentencing him to death, without remorse.

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