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Two noble families the Atreides and the Harkonnens provide the principal characters of this book The Atreides family is honest good and kind while the Harkonnen family is the exact opposite dishonest evil and decadently cruel Duke Leto is head of the Atreides family until his treacherous death at the hands of the Harkonnens Given the desert planet of Arrakis by the Galactic Emperor he is at once put at the opposition of the Harkonnens who had held Arrakis as their fief At once his kindness becomes quite obvious as he orders at the feast that every beggar who comes is to be given a whole cup of water Later while inspecting spice mining operations he sacrifices the mining equipment in order to save the workers lives when the operation is attacked by a sandworm But it is this spirit of kindess and honesty that brings about his death for he cannot believe that anyone would attack him treacherously Yet it happens for a Suk doctor Yueh has been brainwashed into Harkonnen service But in his manner of killing Leto Yueh tries to get the chief Harkonnen as well However the plan goes wrong and only Leto dies not the evil Harkonnen Duke Letos concubine Lady Jessica is his wife in all but title As a member of the secret Bene Gesserit society she is talented in skills of the mind that make her seem to be a witch to those who do not know the truth Although ordered to produce a daughter for the Bene Gesserit breading program she gave birth to a son Paul Due to the same Yueh who murdered Duke Leto Lady Jessica and Paul are saved As the Harkonnens heavy-handedly restore control over Arrakis Lady Jessica and Paul secretly find their way to the Fremen the Bedouin-like natives of Arrakis Among the Fremen she becomes a Reverend Mother by transforming the poisonous death-fluid of a
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