If Gregor could choose -- which he can't, making this nothing but a depressing thought experiment, which he really shouldn't do, but fuck it, he's the Emperor, he can do what he pleases except that he can't, which is the entire problem -- if Gregor could choose, he would choose that broad Betan education Cordelia talks about in such glowing terms. He would choose intellectual discovery, choose breadth and depth, choose everything.
His life is so narrow, here between these walls. He would break them, if he could, and decide who he wants to be.
And he can't. But if he could...