Oh boy, oh boy!!! So much has happened in this section. I'm goign to touch on what struck me the most. Please respond to my observations but also share what struck you. Randomness shall ensue.
*My overwhelming emotions to this section revolve around Tully. I sympathize with him greatly. First he and his crew have the most unfortunate luck to run into the kif upon first entering into a new galaxy. The kif promptly kill all but four of them. Slowly torturing and killing two of the remaining crew members. After they they torture his last companion Tully is forced out of compassion to kill his sole surviving friend. I am honestly not sure that I would be strong enough to do that. I'd like to think so but I'm not so sure. Not only does he have to live wiht the fact that he has killed his friend but he is now the only human left. No more companions to relate to, to suffer with, to communicate with. And he is very well aware of what the kif will most likely do to him, not a pretty picture.
*I love the fact that the reason Tully boarded the Pride was because he saw her crew without weapons, who though they shooed him away were not mean, but most importantly, they laughed. Their laughter brought him to them.
*The comunication tapes. Tully gave them in good faith to Pyanfar and she literally traded them with the mahe. I'm not sure yet whether I trust the mahe or not. I understand that she may not of had much choice and it could turn out to be a very good move but three of Tully's crew members died at the hand of the kif for that information. It sort of feels like she sold Tully. On the other hand I believe it was a very good move to get him registered as a member of her crew. As a civilized sapient that is of value so that he can't be claimed as property, which I fear he still might.
*Very cool scene where they are back in the airlock so Tully cna now understand all that is happening and Pyanfar doesn't realize it. I understand his anger and his fear and his exhaustion. He really has nothing to leverage with. He is completely in the hands of whoever happens to claim him at that moment, even with his papers. He blindly follows. Pyanfar realizes this and depises him for it even though she must depend on his blindingly following for the Pride's sake. Interesting paradox. I would love to know what the rest of the Pride's crew feels about Tully and his situation. And I wonder what Pyanfar would do in his situation.
*I liked the fact that Cherryh points out that just because a person is of the same species does not mean she is a friends and just because she is not of the same species doesn't mean she is an enemy.