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New Kind of Soldier
Colonel Graff: "They know our strategies. They've learned our weaknesses and the alien attack nearly destroyed us. That must never be allowed to happen again. If we're going to survive, we'll need a new kind of soldier, one who doesn't think the way we think, fear the things we fear, one the enemy would never expect."
Colonel Graff explains what they need to do to secure their future. They must seek out a new kind of soldier if they will beat the aliens when they come next time.
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You Will Be the Last
Colonel Graff: "We need minds like yours, Ender. You'll be the finest commander we've ever trained."
Ender Wiggin: "So I'm not the first…"
Mazer Rackham: "No, but you will be the last."
As Ender is getting his pitch to be the next great hope, he learns that the stakes here are high. He isn't the first to be asked to take the lead, but he will be the last.
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Welcome to Battle School
Colonel Graff: "Welcome to Battle School. A great responsibility rests upon each of you. When the enemy first invaded, we were not ready. Millions of innocent lives were lost. That must never be allowed to happen again. We threw everything we had at the invaders and in the midst of that decisive battle, a legendary hero emerged. Let the courage of Mazer Rackham be your inspiration. We will never forget what the enemy did but we defeated them and we will do so again."
Colonel Graff addresses the students at Battle School. He introduces the task at hand and tries to put some confidence into them, well, as much confidence he can give to children getting ready to battle aliens.
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Debating the Morality
Major Anderson: "You really don't see them as children, do you? When it's over, what will be left of the boy?"
Colonel Graff: "What's it matter if there's nothing left at all? When it's over, we will have the luxury of debating the morality of what we do."
Major Anderson has a morality conflict about sending children into battle. Colonel Graff sees it as the only choice, that they can debate moralities after the world is safe.
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There's Greatness in You, Ender
Colonel Graff: "When the aliens first invaded, they nearly destroyed us. They will be back. There is greatness in you, Ender. The world needs you. You were bred for this. You see things in a way we can't. You alone, you can understand the enemy. You will be the one to save mankind."
Colonel Graff pitches the deal to Ender. Graff sees something special in Ender and wants to make sure he uses that potential for the good of everyone.
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Lead Your Own Army, Dragon Army
Colonel Graff: "You've done well, top test scores in class, highest battle room ratings but you have a habit of upsetting your commander."
Ender Wiggin: "I find it hard to respect someone just because they outrank me, sir."
Colonel Graff: "That puts you in a difficult position, doesn't it?"
Ender Wiggin: "Yes, sir"
Colonel Graff: "You don't like taking orders from Bonzo?"
Ender Wiggin: "No, sir"
Colonel Graff: "Perhaps you'd prefer to give them yourself?"
Ender Wiggin: "Sir?"
Colonel Graff: "How'd you like to lead your own army, dragon army?"
Ender Wiggin: "Sir, I've never heard of a dragon army."
Colonel Graff: "We discontinued the name four years ago. No dragon army ever won a battle."
Ender Wiggin: "Then why not a new name, sir?"
Colonel Graff: "Because we already have the uniforms."
Despite his issues with authority, Colonel Ender feels that Ender is ready to take on his own squad. He will however already be behind as he'll be leading the dragon team, known for it's failure in the past.
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