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    novel reading: meaning of "that of his knowing"

    I'm reading Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick. There are three escaped androids in the story. They were hiding from human beings but a person named Isidore discovered their identities. The three androids then discussed if they should kill Isidore. One of the androids said:

    "I think Isidore's value to us outweighs his danger, that of his knowing. Obviously we can't live among humans without being discovered."

    I'm confused about what "that" refers to and what "that of his knowing" means. Is it saying that even though Isidore knows their identities, his value still outweighs his danger? If not, what does it mean?

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    Re: novel reading: meaning of "that of his knowing"

    I think your understanding is correct.
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    Re: novel reading: meaning of "that of his knowing"

    Yes, Isidore befriends the fugitive robots, and helps them. He helps them hide by interacting with them like they're real humans.

    Incidentally, this book was adapted into the move Blade Runner.
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