From: "Roy C. Lackey"
Subject: Re: (urth) PEACE: Gold hunt's end at the box in the hole Date: Fri, 1 Nov 2002 03:43:08 -0600 Stone Ox quoted and wrote: >> While I argue against Weer murdering Lois, still, the text is clear that >> ghosts can be pinned down and this is why Weer would use the stone: >> not to mark the grave (though it would do that as well) but to pin the >> ghost down so she wouldn't come after him. Like a stake through the >> heart of a vampire (iirc the old tradition of pinning them down rather than >> turning them to dust). > >That's right. If Weer laid the stone down flat (like a porch step) only he >would know it marked Lois's grave. Suppose he kills her (most likely, >the gun went off accidentally while they were fighting for it). He now has >a body, and a grave and stone at hand. I think Wolfe very deliberately >placed that section about the Bell witch and the porch step "tombstone" >in the middle of Lois's story (i.e., Weer's memories of Lois elicited his >memories of the Bell witch episode) because of these parallels. Like mantis, I don't think Weer murdered her, and the way the text reads doesn't seem to indicate that he killed her accidentally, either. She told him why she had the gun *after* he took it away from her, or so I read it. Besides, as mantis wrote the other day: "How ugly was their parting? Seems pretty ugly. He seems to be keeping the gun against her possible return." And, as *everybody* knows, guns don't work against ghosts! -Roy --