I've wondered about the possibility that Mohiam's test was only the threat of death, that she would not have actually killed Paul for failing. However, Jessica's reaction to his success "My son lives!" heavily implies that the test was in fact lethal.

What would Jessica and Mohiam have done with the body of a dead ducal heir on their hands? Maybe 'Weekend at Leto's'? lol

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    the indications given in the text give every reason to believe that when Mohiam said he'd die, she meant it (imo) – NKCampbell Apr 18 at 21:19

I think it's very obvious he would be dead. I don't see any reason for the Bene Gesserit to spare his life if he failed he was after all expendable they wanted a daughter he was never part of their plan.

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    Was "Bene Jesuit" deliberate or a Freudian slip? – Martha Apr 18 at 21:53
  • Neither it was a typo I'm writing this on my phone. – Bryan McClure Apr 18 at 22:02
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    Well, either way, it gave me a chuckle. :) – Martha Apr 18 at 22:04
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    Technically, the question asks what they'd do with the body. But since the gom jabbar is a test of humanity, if he failed, Paul would not be considered human, therefore it would not be cannibalism! – starpilotsix Apr 18 at 22:49

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