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A stone, a rose, a door.
|A stone, a rose, a door.|
05/19/12 at 07:42 PM by Ismael182
|This is your sigul, whispered the fading voice that bore with it the dusk-sweet scent of roses, the scent of home on a summer evening - O lost! - a stone, a rose, an unfound door; a stone, a rose, a door.|
I think of the characters in this story, I think of the people in my life. Sheemie, one who may not always understand everything but has nothing but a good heart and good intentions. Susan, my lover. Oy, my heart. Jake and Eddie, my brothers. To aim with my hand is to forget the face of my father. To shoot with my hand is to forget the face of my father. To kill with my gun is to forget the face of my father. I kill with my heart. Stand and be true.
To me, how this series has meant to me, there were two moments (besides that ending!) that popped out at me and truly rewarded my own experience reading it more than any other moment during the entire series. They were in book IV: Wizard And Glass and in V: Wolves Of The Calla.
In book IV: Roland finally looks into the wizard's glass..and there he sees his destiny, his fate. He floats away inside the glass and sees many a thing, He sees a billy-bumbler being flown across the sky for a moment blocking Old Mother from view and becoming impaled on a cottowood tree branch. Oy! And there I had a glimpse of the future, a knowing truth..that Oy would always die this way.
In book V: Roland dreams, a memory, the battle at Jericho Hill. And when Cuthbert fell, Arthur Eld's horn fell as well. He could have paused to pick it up, it would only take a second, but he didn't.. and Roland went to Cuthbert at his side, dying..but still laughing. And so Roland cried his heart out with the faces of all his fathers.
And as Roland lays down the cross given to him by Aunt Talitha and the sandalwood grips and revolver given down generations to him to enter the tower, he remembers for a moment the horn, the one that still may be laying there on Jericho Hill to this day. At this point in the book I was freaking out, thinking that the very last door wouldn't open for him because he didn't bring the horn..but thank the gods, Gan, whathaveyou, that was not how it ended. No, it ends with a new beginning..this time Roland with the horn by his side, mayhap this time things can be different.