Grain of Manhood
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A baby is born amongst the stars. This baby is the grain of manhood in two men's lives; or a man and an aliens. James, a human man, incapable of making a child is given his grain of manhood. A child born with his own features. Kolanddro, an alien, is man enough to give up his son for the happiness of the woman who gave birth to the boy. The baby itself is the grain of manhood, and will be in two men's hearts for the rest of his life. Part human part Nevid, he gave two men hope and happiness.
"There are at least three people on Axtu besides us who know I am sterile." (page 200) A sterile man, in his own eyes, is not much of a man. He is unable to give life, yet his wife is pregnant. When Kolanddro, the alien that impregnated his wife, allowed her to come back to earth, she did did not know that she would be helping her husband gain a little bit of his manhood back. Throughout this story, the two are constantly bickering; the man wants to know how his wife is pregnant, and the wife wants to know why the husband cares so much. "A virgin birth would have seemed more reasonable to you" (page 200) It is understandable why James is upset. He knows that this baby is not his, and when the baby is born, it would make him ashamed, because many people would know that is was not his baby. Some people may even think that his wife went to someone else, just so she could be pregnant. A full frontal strike to his manhood. When the baby is born, the unexpected happened; the baby looked just like him. "He was a complete replica of James, down to the last neat lock of dark hair on his forehead" (page 209). In a sense, this baby gave James something that he thought he had lost; A last grain of manhood, because no one would question whether he was capable of having a child anymore.
Kolanddro, an alien from the planet Nev. He is a Nevid, and is capable of deciding how his children will look. " All Nevid...
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