Avatar: I admire your forbearance.
Paladin: Well, don't push it much further.
Avatar: It's a pity, really. He surely couldn't have had much longer to live. I suppose even a creature like that has an instinct for wanting to cheat the Devil as long as possible.
Paladin: You're standing there feeling sorry for yourself because Jake's still alive.
Avatar: You don't feel that one man's life is a small price to pay for the advancement of human knowledge?
Paladin: What about your own life?
Avatar: My own included.
Paladin: It didn't occur to you that Jake or Pina might have killed me?
Avatar: But of course.
Paladin: Wouldn't that have left you without a head?
Avatar: Not at all.
Paladin: (Pause) You mean my head.
Avatar: You know, you're almost as good a specimen as Jake himself. In fact, I might have saved myself this whole journey if I could have found someone in San Francisco to kill you. What are you looking at? (Paladin marches to Avatar's case, and extracts the calipers.) What are you going to do with that?
Paladin: I am going to conduct a little scientific experiment to enlarge the frontiers of human knowledge.