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Holly In addition to poor Phillipe's thoughts being scrambled by the witch; according to Benjamin - he learned how to maximize the information gleaned from a creature's blood. "It's all about the pace .... One must not rush. Or be too greedy." Without being gruesome, I believe Matthew would have drained his father quickly so as to not learn secrets.
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