The pleasure I take in the sentence has nothing to do with the case or with the merits of either the majority's or the dissent's arguments. It is the pleasure of appreciating a technical achievement — here the athletic analogy might be to target shooting — in this case, Scalia's ability to load, aim, and get off a shot before his victims knew what was happening. I carry that sentence around with me as others might carry a precious gem or a fine Swiss watch. I pull it out and look at it. I pull it out and invite others (who are sometimes reluctant) to look at it. I put it under a microscope and examine its innermost workings.
I had a pretty strong idea of the traits of the various aliens. I knew the Cara’ot were master traders, and genetic engineers. I knew the Isanjo were functionally high steel workers, the Flutes are highly skilled in mathematics. Truthfully I cheated a bit though I’m going to have to address this in book four since I have an alien view point character. Because the aliens are a conquered people their own religions, cultural norms, etc. have been suppressed by their human rulers. Most of them claim to worship human gods, particularly the Christian god, they don’t have to accept the limits female participation in business because they are considered less than, but in most ways they try to ape their conquerors. It’s just safer that way.
John, even though it’s a month since your interview, I don’t think it hurts to send a note — but the note should reflect that time has passed. You could say something like, “Over the last month, I’ve been thinking about our interview, and I really appreciate how friendly and helpful you were.” (Or whatever is true.) You could also try to get through to someone at the company, or a recruiter, and say, “I’m calling to find out if a decision has been made yet, and if not, when do you expect to make one?” Unfortunately, companies don’t always contact the applicants who didn’t get the job, and you have every right to follow up and ask what’s happening, as long as you don’t do it in a rude or harassing way. (Which you totally wouldn’t anyway 🙂