Ostrero tells S. and his fellow anarchists a tale about the child-charmers when they are escaping from the Detectives. Ostrero was told the story of the child charmers during his childhood. According to legend, traders would snatch children out of their beds and smuggled into markets in the Middle East. Child-charmers would keep the children in a basket, and play a flute in order to summon them out of the basket, much like a snake-charmer and a snake. While Ostrero believes the story is false, S. encounters a child-charmer while visiting the city of El-H—-.