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Infinite Summer • View topic - Have you finished yet? Because I have and I need to chat!

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Oh but wow, I just realized yeah if JNRW is there as an AFR agent (and his inattandence of the Whataburger would thus be explained, he being possibly legless at this point) and Hallie and the Bimster are there under duress (which really wow how did even the AFR pull that off, as far as the Big Indestructable Moron goes) then it's actually a happy ending that Don's vision ends with Hal saying "Too Late". To wit, oh MAN, "and makes the face of somebody shouting in panic" which to good ol' Hallie is basically a "WOO HOO!"

AMERICA WINS!

TAKE THAT, NUCKS!

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Who is narrating the last scene at ETA? There is one sentence that goes "some of us" something something and clearly this first-person interjection points to there being a narrator in this scene. (Sorry, I don't have my copy on me right now hence the lack of page references or even more specific information.)


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1. Someone above mentioned the conversation scene between Hal and his father towards the beginning. But note, that entire scene is in dialogue... we never have a narrator saying, "Hal went to go see a conversationalist one day..." By the end it's pretty obvious that that scene IS the movie, and that the movie isn't based on anything that really happened, which changes how we understand JOI (i.e., he's not crazy). For example, when Hal thinks about the movie and the child actor (who he knew) when he's watching JOI's films, he never connects it to any incident in his own life.

2. Is MP/JvD actually hideously and improbably deformed? We only ever get that from Molly Notkin, but Molly Notkin either doesn't know, or lies about, MP's real name, her father's name, where in Kentucky she's from, and a bunch of other things. The reaction of the doctor who saw under her veil after her suicide attempt suggests to me that she's still beautiful.

3. In my copy of the book there's a section divider hanging off the corner of the last page. What does that mean?


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