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Some stupid questions about In The Tall Grass

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous' started by Ashley Cordova, Jul 14, 2014.

  1. Ashley Cordova

    Ashley Cordova New Member

    What a macabre little short story. I have two stupid questions that are probably not even answerable, but I thought I'd post them here just in case:

    - Were Cal and Becky always going to end up in the tall grass? When I first read it, I assumed that it was the fairly standard "tourists get lost in crazy environment" story, like Children of the Corn, but then Becky mentions having dreams in which she drives at night and hears a child shouting...

    - What happens to those who touch the rock after they've done that? I assumed that they went mad, and killed the others (like Tobin's parents), but then remained in the grass. So - where are the other Tall Grass victims whose cars Cal and Becky notice? Why don't the new victims, at the very end of the book, hear Cal and Becky's voices? Did they die and I just didn't realize it?

    - Is there any rhyme or reason to who is able to find the rock and who isn't?

    Sorry, these are probably really dumb. I was just interested to see if anyone else had any input.
  2. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    Interesting questions, and probably only Mr. King and Mr. Hill have definitive answers. It's been a while since I read the story, but ere is my take on your questions, though:
    --Wow. I didn't make that connection! Maybe they werent 'destined' so much as more susceptible to hearing the cry.
    --Other victims might be just as lost as Cal and Becky, and wandering in a different direction. I think once you touch the rock, you're not entirely in this world. New victims didn't hear C&B because the grass didn't want them to hear, if that makes sense.
    --The rock is capricious, so probably not. When it's bored or hungry, or whatever, it calls someone.
  3. doowopgirl

    doowopgirl very avid fan

    Welcome. I agree with skimom2. It is a proper little creepy story. Must read it again.

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...lack of cowbell is the answer...
  5. Bev Vincent

    Bev Vincent Well-Known Member

  6. I just read In the Tall Grass yesterday and I'm not really sure what to say about it. It was for sure a disturbing story.

    I didn't really get the connection between the grass and the rock. I loved how the grass altered time and space. I wasn't too crazy about the rock.
    GNTLGNT likes this.

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