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meanlost

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Hi - My name is James. I have been reading King books since I was eight. My first book was Firestarter and I still feel like that is my favorite, though I did really enjoy The girl who loved Tom Gordon. I have just recently reread Carrie. On Page 117, when her mom was getting out the knife to wait for Carrie to come home to kill her, the chapter ends with the sentence, ""In her mouth she tasted olives." I feel like this has some kind of meaning but for the life of me I cannot figure out what I am missing. Can anyone explain the meaning behind this sentence?
 

Doc Creed

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Hi - My name is James. I have been reading King books since I was eight. My first book was Firestarter and I still feel like that is my favorite, though I did really enjoy The girl who loved Tom Gordon. I have just recently reread Carrie. On Page 117, when her mom was getting out the knife to wait for Carrie to come home to kill her, the chapter ends with the sentence, ""In her mouth she tasted olives." I feel like this has some kind of meaning but for the life of me I cannot figure out what I am missing. Can anyone explain the meaning behind this sentence?
Firestarter is a grossly underrated book; I'm glad you place it so highly. I think the olive-taste in her mouth is meant to be bitterness/saltiness which shows Carrie's strung-out nerves. In the way a person can release body odor under pressure, a person can exhibit other bodily changes when stressed. This is my opinion.

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meanlost

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I appreciate all the feedback so far. I like the thought that is could be a taste of fear. Though that does seem too simple of an answer... of course then you have Occam's razor so maybe that is the answer. I'd love to hear if anyone else has any additional thoughts.
 

GNTLGNT

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I appreciate all the feedback so far. I like the thought that is could be a taste of fear. Though that does seem too simple of an answer... of course then you have Occam's razor so maybe that is the answer. I'd love to hear if anyone else has any additional thoughts.
....sometimes the simplest answer is the only answer grasshopper......
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Neesy

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Hi - My name is James. I have been reading King books since I was eight. My first book was Firestarter and I still feel like that is my favorite, though I did really enjoy The girl who loved Tom Gordon. I have just recently reread Carrie. On Page 117, when her mom was getting out the knife to wait for Carrie to come home to kill her, the chapter ends with the sentence, ""In her mouth she tasted olives." I feel like this has some kind of meaning but for the life of me I cannot figure out what I am missing. Can anyone explain the meaning behind this sentence?







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