"Pris glanced up inquiringly.
'Is it worth something?' '
Don't mutilate it,' he said wheezingly. Imploringly.
With scissors, Pris snipped off one of the spider's legs."
This scene goes on for several pages and I believe it is vital to the story Phillip K. Dick is trying to tell. Here we have a clear example of the ways in which androids are devoid of empathy. Isidore is horrified, and lapses into a weird fit of rage mixed with (what appear to me as) hallucinations. Isidore puts the spider out of its misery by drowning it, and then leaves the apartment. As a human being with empathy, I cringed as I read this. Unnecessary cruelty to any living being seems barbaric, and I loathed Pris as I read this unfolding scene. Is this what Phillip K. Dick wanted? Was he conducting some sort of thought experiment to see if the reader had this element of human empathy towards animals? I don't know. Perhaps I am reading too much into this, but this is the question I am posing.