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Towards the end of the book, following Merlin bringing about the destruction of much of the N.I.C.E., Dr. Filostrato, John Withers, and Reverend Straik go to see the Head. The Macrobes promptly demand another head; Withers and Straik promptly kill Filostrato in order to supply it with one. Eventually, they realize that the Head will just demand another Head, and they promptly turn on each other.

That being said, why did the Macrobes make this demand? Why the gratuitous killing of people that were working for them?

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    Interesting question. The obvious answer is "cuz they're evil", but I expect someone more knowledgeable about Lewisian theology could give a more detailed answer. Perhaps something along the lines of "good people stick together, evil people stab each other in the back"? – Rand al'Thor May 15 at 7:29
  • @Randal'Thor Certainly, all the "N.I.C.E. is one big family" stuff that Withers was driveling on about when Mark first went there ended up being a colossal joke. – EJoshuaS May 15 at 13:02
  • Wasn't that pretty obvious from the start? The whole atmosphere - indeed, what brought Mark there in the first place - was one of backstabbing. First Mark with his cronies at college backstabbing the less-"incrowd" fellows, then with Feverstone backstabbing them in turn, then with the more senior N.I.C.E. people realising even Feverstone wasn't "incrowdy" enough, ... It's like a parody of the UK Conservative Party. – Rand al'Thor May 15 at 16:57
  • @Randal'Thor True. – EJoshuaS May 15 at 17:02

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