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Gage's Words on Jud's Wife Norma - Spoilers

Discussion in 'Pet Sematary' started by JuxtaposeJones, May 9, 2016.

  1. I am wondering what others' takes on this could be. When Gage is talking to Jud at the end of the book...

    We know that Jud said resurrected people are evil yet speak the truth. When Gage comes back and attacks Jud, Gage says that his wife Norma is a whore/ slept with all of his friends in their bedroom. We know this is an evil being, but does this mean she actually slept with Jud's friends?

    Just wondering what everyone else thinks. Thanks for your thoughts in advance.

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...The Father of Lies spoke through him, a demons mission is to twist and defile all that is wholesome and good...
  3. not_nadine

    not_nadine Comfortably Roont

    Like the demon spoke to the Priest about his mother in the Exorcist.

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

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  5. Doc Creed

    Doc Creed Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I agree with GNTLGNT and not_nadine. Satan and demons are ancient spiritual beings and know nearly everything about a person, and in this case Jud Crandall. I think when Jud told Louis
    that the resurrected people spoke the truth, that was accurate (because the demons that inhabit them are highly intelligent and knowledgeable)but they don't speak the whole truth. I believe the demons knew that Norma being unfaithful was one of Jud's deepest fears (perhaps because Jud himself was believed to have cheated) and therefore it made it easier for him to take the bait. Just enough to cause doubt in his mind. Ultimately, the purpose of the unclean spirit that animated Gage was to torment Jud and "mess with" his mind before his death.
    I think there were limitations to their knowledge and influence over Louis and Jud. They relied on their human weakness and reasoning which was their downfall. Very good question. I hope I didn't over complicate what had been expertly answered before me, but this is my favorite King novel. :)
  6. Rrty

    Rrty Well-Known Member

    This is a great question. Not sure what the answer was, but I remember upon first reading, I just assumed it was a lie. But now the thread has me thinking...
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  7. The Walkin' Dude

    The Walkin' Dude Well-Known Member

    I always thought it was the truth, as horrible as it is.
  8. Alan_Sefton

    Alan_Sefton Member

    Then again, it does say that Jud realised he'd been fooled - and the only consolation was that it was for the last time. Timmy Baterman told the truth, but he didn't set out to kill anyone, whereas Gage's wish to kill gave him a motive to lie - it goaded Jud into a reaction, which Gage took advantage of. Also, Gage would have had knowledge of Jud's encounter with Timmy Baterman, seeing as those who return have that all-knowingness ...

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