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From: "William H. Ansley" <wansley@warwick.net>
Subject: Re: (urth) Re: Kevin Malone
Date: Mon, 1 Mar 1999 00:02:01 

Tony Ellis <tony.ellis@futurenet.co.uk> said:

>There -is- no relationship between Kevin and Betty Malone. Once you understand
>that it all falls into place: Kevin Malone -thinks- Betty Malone and the
>elder Mr
>Malone were married, -thinks- that he was their child in the lost Eden of the
>house in its heyday. But if the names are just coincidental, and there
>-was- no
>child, that cuts his whole fantasy off at the root. In which case, where
>-do- his
>childhood memories of the big house come from? And the longing to recreate
>lost world which has driven his whole life?
>Think about that, and think about the narrator wondering in the very last
>line of
>the story, if it might be possible "for a man, even a very rich man, to be
>posessed and not to know it."

And in response Peter Westlake <peter@harlequin.co.uk> said:

>I've read this story more than once, and had very little recollection of it.
>This discussion prompted me to read it again, and it's as though I was reading
>it for the first time. Everything is suddenly crystal clear - though I shall
>check with Tony to see that I've got it right! If so, then I think it's quite
>clear-cut, too, not like some other stories we've talked about here ...

Boy, oh boy, do I feel stupid!

I have read "Kevin Malone" again, twice, with all these hints and I still
don't know who or what is possessing Kevin Malone.

Tony Ellis, please enlighten me, by private email, of course.

William Ansley

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