His neverending fury? Spoilers.

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Doc Creed

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I may be overthinking this but I never understood the context of the last line. Christine is referred to by the she/her pronoun throughout but the last line says 'His neverending fury'. I immediately thought of Roland LeBay but then wondered was King obliquely referring to God/Christ? After all, Christ is in Christine. I'm not saying this novel is a thinly veiled metaphor for God's wrath but I can't say I'm not curious about the implications in this last line. Why not end with her neverending fury?
Thoughts are appreciated. ☺
 

GNTLGNT

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I may be overthinking this but I never understood the context of the last line. Christine is referred to by the she/her pronoun throughout but the last line says 'His neverending fury'. I immediately thought of Roland LeBay but then wondered was King obliquely referring to God/Christ? After all, Christ is in Christine. I'm not saying this novel is a thinly veiled metaphor for God's wrath but I can't say I'm not curious about the implications in this last line. Why not end with her neverending fury?
Thoughts are appreciated. ☺
...I'm to lazy to grab my copy....I don't remember it that way, give me the last paragraph and I'll give you my undying wisdom...:biggrin2:
 

Doc Creed

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"I keep thinking of George LeBay in Ohio. His sister in Colorado. Leigh in New Mexico. What if it's started again? What if it's working its way east, finishing the job? Saving me for last?
His single-minded purpose.
His unending fury."
Well, Christine is referred to as an 'it' here and then twice (it would appear) as a him. Interesting. Nowhere in the book does this happen (that I'm aware) until those last two lines. Also, a fun piece of trivia: King recently said in an interview that this was his favorite ending of all his novels. Things that make you go hmmmm. ☺
 

kingricefan

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"I keep thinking of George LeBay in Ohio. His sister in Colorado. Leigh in New Mexico. What if it's started again? What if it's working its way east, finishing the job? Saving me for last?
His single-minded purpose.
His unending fury."
Well, Christine is referred to as an 'it' here and then twice (it would appear) as a him. Interesting. Nowhere in the book does this happen (that I'm aware) until those last two lines. Also, a fun piece of trivia: King recently said in an interview that this was his favorite ending of all his novels. Things that make you go hmmmm. ☺
The 'it' and 'it's' you're referring to mean the whole horrible terror that Christine evoked and played out upon Arnie and the rest of the gang. I have often pondered that last line myself many times as it doesn't make sense to me either, unless King is meaning that it's Roland Lebay's unending fury about life and how his evilness/meaness infected that car somehow. Christine is always referred to in the female persuasion throughout this book, so King can't be referring to the car itself.
 

GNTLGNT

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The 'it' and 'it's' you're referring to mean the whole horrible terror that Christine evoked and played out upon Arnie and the rest of the gang. I have often pondered that last line myself many times as it doesn't make sense to me either, unless King is meaning that it's Roland Lebay's unending fury about life and how his evilness/meaness infected that car somehow. Christine is always referred to in the female persuasion throughout this book, so King can't be referring to the car itself.
...I think you are both correct....that's the way it appears to track....
 

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I have often pondered that last line myself many times as it doesn't make sense to me either, unless King is meaning that it's Roland Lebay's unending fury about life and how his evilness/meaness infected that car somehow.
I should think that this is the correct interpretation, as it was LeBay's hatred of the sh*tters (all of 'em) that
empowered Christine. And the spirit of LeBay abandoned the vehicle itself so that he could kill Arnie and his mom while Dennis was battling Christine herself -- which is why Dennis was able to succeed against large odds. Wasn't that Christine's downfall, the loss of her duality?
Or am I misrembering
 

kingricefan

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I should think that this is the correct interpretation, as it was LeBay's hatred of the sh*tters (all of 'em) that
empowered Christine. And the spirit of LeBay abandoned the vehicle itself so that he could kill Arnie and his mom while Dennis was battling Christine herself -- which is why Dennis was able to succeed against large odds. Wasn't that Christine's downfall, the loss of her duality?
Or am I misrembering
Sounds about right.
 

Doc Creed

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I should think that this is the correct interpretation, as it was LeBay's hatred of the sh*tters (all of 'em) that
empowered Christine. And the spirit of LeBay abandoned the vehicle itself so that he could kill Arnie and his mom while Dennis was battling Christine herself -- which is why Dennis was able to succeed against large odds. Wasn't that Christine's downfall, the loss of her duality?
Or am I misrembering
Yeah, that is how I remember it as well. As I mentioned, I immediately thought of LeBay, but something triggered in my overactive imagination. Having read all King's books I sometimes erroneously connect dots that aren't there. Case in point...
in Carrie there is a lot of religious imagery and the book is filled with pivotal scenes surrounding Carrie and blood. Carrie even writes a poem "Jesus watches from the wall, His face as cold as stone. If He loves me as she tells me, why do I feel so alone?" One might say Carrie was a Christ like figure covered in blood and punishing all her peers. Other books have female rage overtones or a Female Godlike Entity as in Revival, It, Under the Dome, and perhaps the non supernatural Misery. These are connections that maybe are over reaches and inconclusive but interesting nonetheless.
I admit the Christine inquiry was little more than a curiosity. It is fun discussing his work with those that are actually knowledgeable of the books.
 

Pucker

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I sometimes erroneously connect dots that aren't there.
Oh ... brother ... I could tell you stories!

:a24:


But as to connections that may or may not exist, I like to remind myself (and sometimes you guys, too) that interpretation can be flexible up to a point. That's why we're here, after all.

Well . . . at least some of us.
 

Doc Creed

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Oh ... brother ... I could tell you stories!

:a24:


But as to connections that may or may not exist, I like to remind myself (and sometimes you guys, too) that interpretation can be flexible up to a point. That's why we're here, after all.

Well . . . at least some of us.
Do tell...lol. I hope I'm not going to be the Problem Child, or Bad Little Kid in SK lingo. I just enjoy reading. I usually reserve the deep thinking for James Joyce, Virginia Woolf and Shakespeare. Lol. You guys rock, though. Enjoying the lively discussion.
 
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Haven't read it for a long long time so I'm probably completely wrong, but for some reason I've got a feeling that the last couple of lines appear earlier in the book somewhere - maybe when Denis speaks to George LeBay, or in a dream? I'm pretty sure that it is referring to Roland LeBay (that's how I always took it anyway)
 

GNTLGNT

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You know...after reading Hearts in Atlantis, I got the niggling impression that Christine was tied up with the low men at one point or another. I know she was supposed to be possessed by Lebay, but what if it was something... more than that? It might have just been me, though. o_O
...Old Chrissy wasn't "organic" enough...in the sentient sense...
 
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Christine was just but another Vampire in Kings works you know? If ya read Duma Key, Bag of Bones etc.. there are many varieties he uses in his writing, each entity feeds off the character in one fashion or another, be it emotions, spiritually or otherwise. Christine fed off of Arnie's love.
 

doowopgirl

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Christine was just but another Vampire in Kings works you know? If ya read Duma Key, Bag of Bones etc.. there are many varieties he uses in his writing, each entity feeds off the character in one fashion or another, be it emotions, spiritually or otherwise. Christine fed off of Arnie's love.
And Arnie's insecurities.
 
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