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Mother Abagail

Discussion in 'The Stand' started by AchtungBaby, Nov 21, 2014.

  1. AchtungBaby

    AchtungBaby Well-Known Member

    Does anyone else feel Mother Abigail is annoying? I'm sorry, but she's possibly the most grating character King has ever created. I'm re-reading The Stand, and I've never actively liked or disliked her, but sheesh! This time... Ugh. Her off-handed comments judging Democrats, Catholics, young people, etc. as well as the way she carries herself in every situation get to be a bit much. She's just so....pompous. I know she
    disappears late in the novel because she feels she's prideful
    and she is!

    I just feel this character would have been written different (i.e. better) had she been written later on in King's career. And this is honestly sad to me because I feel the other characters in The Stand are SO well-written.

    I know I'm in the minority on this one, but I'm just curious if ANYONE here doesn't like--or at least gets annoyed by--Mother Abigail. Surely I'm not the only one!
     
  2. not_nadine

    not_nadine Comfortably Roont

    No, I wanted her.

    And the chicken dinner she worked so hard for.

    And wanted her to get jelly for the peanut butter sandwich, that she forgot.

    Oh God, then the pork! :icon_eek: Took me quite awhile to eat that again.
    (except bacon) Nothing that even looked like it was ever alive.

    I must be hungry. say sorry.
     
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  3. kingricefan

    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    There are times when she does indeed come off like a Miss Know-It-All.
     
  4. not_nadine

    not_nadine Comfortably Roont

    Whoopie Goldberg could have played her well.

    No offence to the actress that did it excellent.

    Ooops, Book.
    She was just tired , worn out and sick of everyone taking everything.
    And now she has to move.

    And suddenly, everyone adores her.
     
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  5. AchtungBaby

    AchtungBaby Well-Known Member

    Yes! And, like, I totally get that she was born in 1882 and had a different way of looking at things than young adults in 1990--I get that and respect it. But sometimes she is a bit much.
     
  6. not_nadine

    not_nadine Comfortably Roont

    How so? She was just there and made to move away. I'd be pretty pissed too.
     
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  7. staropeace

    staropeace Richard Bachman's love child

    I cannot figure out how she ate the chicken then put in her teeth to talk to the new guests of hers.
     
  8. not_nadine

    not_nadine Comfortably Roont

    dunno? Maybe it was tender? I want to know how she managed the walk to the neighbors house
     
  9. Chuggs

    Chuggs Well-Known Member

    I liked her, quite a bit actually.
     
  10. not_nadine

    not_nadine Comfortably Roont

    Well, she thanked God for the nice Bm before the walk......... Still forgot to take jelly though...
     
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  11. GNTLGNT

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...guess I'm on my own then...even though her personality could be a bit much, she is one of the most memorable and well fleshed out "real" people he's ever created...
     
  12. not_nadine

    not_nadine Comfortably Roont

    She was Old!! She could say what ever she wanted. I would.

    (and am starting to) :icon_eek:
     
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  13. staropeace

    staropeace Richard Bachman's love child

    I liked her when I first read the book but not so much after. I found her annoying.
     
  14. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    I know a guy who is one of the workers at Special O bowling. He says he can eat almost anything (except maybe apples) and he has no teeth :umm: He must have very strong gums is all I can figure :saturn:
     
  15. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    Nice Bm? :crushed:
    bowel movement?
     
  16. staropeace

    staropeace Richard Bachman's love child

    Yes my dear. She did thank God for the bowel movement. How anal-retentive is that?
     
  17. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    I guess when you get up in years, some things we take for granted become harder to obtain :flex:
     
  18. SharonC

    SharonC Eternal Members

    I quite liked Mother Abagail. Frannie, on the other hand, is a whole other story.
     
  19. Chuggs

    Chuggs Well-Known Member

    Nope, not on your own at all. :) Being from the south, she reminded me of many an elderly person I know of.
     
  20. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    Sorry to quote myself but maybe that should read 'accomplish' not obtain :):O_O:
     

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