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This has bothered me for 40 years *spoilers*

Discussion in ''Salem's Lot' started by Pogonip, Dec 1, 2014.

  1. Pogonip

    Pogonip Member

    How did Barlow get into the Petries' house? He would have had to have been invited in at some point or he couldn't have broken in in the book. Did Uncle Stevie and his editors goof, or did the part where we learn who invited Barlow in at some time get edited out?
  2. kingricefan

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

    I don't remember how the scene played out. Did Straker invite him in?
  3. Pogonip

    Pogonip Member

    Well, Straker wasn't there at the time, Mark had already KO'd him and then Barlow ate him. Maybe he was there looking at the house before the Letriez bought it and invited Barlow in then? What say you, Uncle Stevie?
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  4. not_nadine

    not_nadine Comfortably Roont

    hmmmm. Don't remember. He could not have just showed up without an invitation?

    Good question. Now I am thinking about it.
  5. kingricefan

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

    Vampire's, as a rule, have to be invited in. On a side note, if you want to know what happens to one that isn't invited inside, read 'Let The Right One In' aka 'Let Me In' or watch 'Let Me In' (movie). It's pretty cool!
  6. AchtungBaby

    AchtungBaby Well-Known Member

    Seems like this question has been asked before, and there is an answer.....just can't remember what it is.
  7. not_nadine

    not_nadine Comfortably Roont

    Now I am thinking about Mike in the rocking chair. Okay doke.
  8. Robert Gray

    Robert Gray Well-Known Member

    My guess, although due to my move my copy is already in Bangor so I can't check, is that Barlow's campaign of feeding on the town was already well under way by the time he entered that house. We had already seen the Petries dead son in an earlier scene asking to be let in. His brother did not do so but that doesn't mean he hadn't been dining on the parents. The method used by the Lot's vampires was to enter and feed off the living for several nights (to stretch the meal) and said people slowly got weaker until they died.

    What this most likely means is that the dead Petrie had already been invited into the house by one (or both) of the parents. By extension, perhaps Barlow can enter any place his minions can enter. He is the King Vampire after all. Of course, I don't recall there being a huge deal being made out of the "invite" part of the legend, at least nothing sticks out boldly in memory. Vampires in the various books by Sai King area often broken into types, and Barlow is most certainly one of the most powerful, i.e. one of the "Grandfathers" as Roland calls them. The strengths and weaknesses of the various types vary widely. The simplest answer, I think, is that the Grandfathers don't need an invitiation.

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...just as the trappings of faith had no power once the faith had failed....
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  10. DiO'Bolic

    DiO'Bolic Not completely obtuse

    Details, details...

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  11. Todash

    Todash Free spirit. Curly girl. Cookie eater. Proud SJW.

    It's been a while since I read it, but at the time I believe I assumed that the parents had let him in as they would anyone who knocked at the door. It's not as if vampires have to say "oh hi, I'm a vampire, mind if I come in and kill you?" And then, once in, he was free to do as he pleased.

    EDIT: Wait. Now I don't know. I got nothin'.
    Last edited: Dec 2, 2014
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  12. Out of Order

    Out of Order Need More Time

    I've been bothered for 40 years about not kissing Rosie McDowell on the playground.......:(
  13. not_nadine

    not_nadine Comfortably Roont

    Thank you.
  14. Pogonip

    Pogonip Member

    . It's never too late!
  15. Pogonip

    Pogonip Member

    I don't know about that--Dracula has to be invited--but the idea that if one of Barlow's minions gets invited in, the invitation extends to him, makes sense. Thanks!
  16. kingricefan

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

    You're mixing up the Petrie's with the Glick's. One of the Glick boys was outside of Mark's window, but Mark grabbed the cross to ward him off. So, the question is still out there: How did Barlow gain access to their house?
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  17. Out of Order

    Out of Order Need More Time

    Maybe he was disguised as The Fuller Brush Man?
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  18. kingricefan

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

    Jehovah's Witness.....
  19. not_nadine

    not_nadine Comfortably Roont

    Trick or treat?
  20. kingricefan

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

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