Hi everyone! I read Insomnia a while back and enjoyed it a lot. There's one thing that kept me wondering though (and I've asked the Constant Readers over at the SK group at Goodreads already, sorry for cross-posting), perhaps someone here has some insight into this. I should mention that I have not read the Dark Tower series. Ok, here goes: When Ralph and Lois has the conversation with Clotho and Lachesis at the hospital, they (Clotho and Lachesis) explain the concept of the Random and the Purpose. They also mention that some people (events?) are not claimed by either the Random or the Purpose, as in the case Ed Deepneau. Atropos has cut Ed's "balloon string" which has somehow upset things since he wasn't claimed by either from the beginning. My question is: If Ed wasn't claimed by either the Random or the Purpose, and Atropos serves the Random, doesn't the fact that he cut Ed's life string now means that he IS claimed by the Random? Is the concept of the Random and the Purpose elaborated more on in the Dark Tower series? Or any other book related to it?