Spoiler on Black Maria and other things
throgmorton at hotmail.com
Fri Sep 10 09:22:52 EDT 1999
>From: Melissa Proffitt <Melissa at Proffitt.com>
>On Thu, 09 Sep 1999 16:24:49 BST, Helen Scott wrote:
> >...the ending seemed to me to be rather similar also. ie, Black Maria
> >imprisoned in a box and sent to sea while Chesney was imprisoned in a
> >bubble. Both of which had their own universe running. (I may have got
> >details wrong, it's hot and I haven't read them for a while!)
>I was thinking exactly the same thing. The impression I got was that DWJ
>saying there are some people you just can't change and killing them
>be enough of a punishment. Not that DWJ ever makes political statements
>about capital punishment--that's not what I mean. But when you're talking
>about Ultimate Justice, living can be more of a punishment.
>Well, and that's not quite right either. Because for both Chesney and Aunt
>Maria, they're the sort of person who would live in denial rather than
>that they're wrong and that they LOST. Putting them away like that isn't a
>punishment; it's the only way to keep them from coming back or starting
>somewhere else--because you just know that neither of them thought they
>doing anything wrong, or else they thought that their actions would have
>been wrong for anyone but THEM.
I've just remembered that the same thing happened in an episode of Star Trek
The Next Generation where a holographic Moriarty was put in a mini universe
because that was the only way they could handle him without wiping him out
which would have been wrong.
A possible coincidence???
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