"Send her home."
In these beginning pages, readers are introduced to Fords Deep Water, the Healer responsible for the Soul's insertion into the Host's body. As a Healer and a Soul, Fords is "all things good: compassionate, patient, honest, virtuous, and full of love" (3). He shows great concern for the soul he is responsible for, especially when he knows what she will awake to in her new body. There is also an ominous feeling surrounding the mention of the Seeker and the information the inserted Soul is meant to discover.
Meyer describes the Soul as "a living ribbon" with her attachments "like pale silver hair" (6). The Healing students are in awe of the soul, having started on the origin and living on so many planets as a Flower, a Bear, a Spider, a Sea Weed, and Dragon. They are also curious about the "wild human" (4) lying soulless on the operating table.
As Fords finishes the procedure, he leans towards the body and whispers to the Soul inside: "Good luck, little wanderer, good luck. How I wish you didn't need it" (7).
And there you have it, the beginning of The Host.
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