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Confusion on Ralph White

Discussion in 'Carrie' started by amberdawn, Jun 24, 2017.

  1. amberdawn

    amberdawn New Member

    There's a kind of inconsistency in the novel as to the status of Ralph White. Early in the book it indeed says that he had died in a construction mishap while Margaret wasn't too far along in her pregnancy. Later in the text when Margaret was mulling over Carrie's powers and recalling an incident following her grandmother's funeral (who also had TK powers) she came home to find Carrie in the crib (just barely a year old here) cradling her bottle in the air with her powers and Margaret attempting to take Carrie's life then BUT it says that Ralph interfered and put a stop to Margaret's attempt. I thought it was established that Ralph was already deceased long before Margaret gave birth to Carrie? Can anyone explain how this adds up that he could have interfered with one of Margaret's early attempts to kill Carrie if he had already passed on many months before that scenario?!
     
  2. Dana Jean

    Dana Jean Dirty Pirate Hooker Moderator

    Welcome Amberdawn! Someone will be along soon to share their thoughts. It's been so long since I read Carrie, I can't remember.
     
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  3. GNTLGNT

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...welcome ma'am and I would attribute it to a young author's gaffe and one that ultimately makes not a whit of difference in the story...even with researchers available to him now, some things fall through the cracks....
     
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