This Was No Weight Loss Spa

Recently I came across a collection of short stories entitled Maps in a Mirror by Orson Scott Card.  Within this collection was a story I found intersting, thought provoking and slightly humurous.  The story is called Fat Farm. While the story deals with obesity and a "clinic" for weight loss - which as no weight loss spa - I thing I took from it was the main charachter - Martin Barth - and his frustration and loathing for himself because he keeps making the same mistakes over and over.  The other thing I took was the ending and what did it mean?

Before I get into the story I need to say that I don't know about you but I have felt that same frustration because more often than I should I seem to make the same mistakes.

Martin is a very wealthy man with a serious overeating problem.  When his obesity interfers with his lifestyle, he goes to a secret clinic and has himself cloned. Once the clone receives Barth's legal identity the clinic tells Barth that he is now the property of the clinic and is given the name "H" and is given the choice of either working for the company or immediate death.  So "H" agrees to hard labor until he is given an assignement.

After working for two years under the watch of a brutal overseer "H" is given his assignment.  As he's leaving he sees his clone "I" being dragged into the camp.  This is where Barth or "H" feels the frustration of not being able to change and says to the young man sitting next to him as they leave the camp, that he hopes "I" suffers more than he has.  At this point the young man laughs and says the overseer at the camp is actually "A" his original.

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