In Dune (2021), Dr. Yueh checks vitals on Paul before Paul meets Bene Gesserit:

Dr. Yueh: The Bene Gesserit say they serve the greater good... But, meaning no disrespect to your lady mother... they also serve their own designs.

What "designs" is Dr Yueh referring to?

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    Well, we know that they have very long-scale (secret) plans to create a superhuman. Yueh just means that they have their own agenda, whatever that may be, and aren't as benign as they seem at first glance
    – Valorum
    Jun 25, 2022 at 6:02
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    Not only that, Yueh might not know exactly what their designs are.
    – Spencer
    Jun 25, 2022 at 14:13
  • Some kind of midi dress with a french collar maybe?
    – Danny Mc G
    Jun 25, 2022 at 19:49
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    @DannyMcG, who puts a french collar on a midi dress? and on a desert planet? That sand gets everywhere. Jun 25, 2022 at 20:43
  • merriam-webster.com/dictionary/design - see entry 2 " a particular purpose or intention held in view by an individual or group"
    – NKCampbell
    Jun 25, 2022 at 23:09

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To the outside observer, the Bene Gesserit can appear to be a mysterious cult which has insinuated itself into positions of influence. They are called "witches", because they exhibit abilities and powers that outsiders do not understand and are fearful of.

Who knows what plans (designs) such a group may have?

Interestingly, Yueh was himself married to a Bene Gesserit. However, it is unlikely that she was completely open with him.

Even Jessica holds some secrets from Leto (such as having Paul suffer through the Gom Jabbar), despite loving him enough to disobey her orders to only produce female offspring that could be married off to selected genetically compatible suitors in order to achieve their goal of a Kwisatz Haderach.

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