Category Archives: Stephen King

Cumulative Benefits, and Then Some Ramblings

On pages 282-283 of Stephen King’s Needful Things, Leland Gaunt tells Polly Chalmers the following about an azka on a necklace that he is selling to her in order to treat her arthritis: “You shouldn’t take it off, not even … Continue reading

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Longing for Home

For my write-up today on Stephen King’s Needful Things, I will talk about a passage on page 263: “Home, that was the thing to think about.  Home and her beautiful carnival glass lampshade.  Home and the Sunday Super Movie.  Home … Continue reading

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In Good Time, and Bad Times

In my reading last night of Stephen King’s Needful Things, Danforth Keeton is nice to his wife, for a change.  Ordinarily, he is verbally abusive towards her, as he harshly berates her whenever things don’t go his way.  But he’s … Continue reading

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Worth the Effort

On page 245 of Stephen King’s Needful Things, we read: “He had discovered another large fact about possessions and the peculiar psychological state they induce: the more one has to go through because of something one owns, the more one … Continue reading

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Empathy for People and Sympathy for Animals

In Stephen King’s Needful Things, a supernatural shopkeeper named Leland Gaunt sells things to people in exchange for a prank.  Hugh Priest is the town alcoholic, and Gaunt sells him a fox-tail but requires him to kill Nettie Cobb’s dog … Continue reading

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Polly’s Lessons

For my write-up today on Stephen King’s Needful Things, I will focus on Polly Chalmer’s background. Polly Chalmers had a baby out of wedlock, whom she named Kelton, and she became alienated from her parents on account of that.  As … Continue reading

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Danforth Keeton’s Addiction

For my write-up today on Stephen King’s Needful Things, I will talk about Danforth “Buster” Keeton.  Danforth is a town selectman who has developed a gambling problem, and he’s getting on the radar of the authorities because he has been … Continue reading

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Upset Over Speculation, Part 2

My write-up today of Stephen King’s Needful Things will overlap with a post I wrote a few days ago (which was also about Needful Things): Upset Over Speculation.  I’ll start with what Polly Chalmers says to Alan Pangborn on page … Continue reading

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Placebos Would Work on Me

In Stephen King’s Needful Things, Polly Chalmers has arthritis, and she is going out with the Castle Rock sheriff, Alan Pangborn.  On pages 162-163, we read the following about Polly’s thoughts regarding her arthritis and its impact on her relationship … Continue reading

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Propitiating the Volcano

On page 144 of Stephen King’s Needful Things, there is the following passage about Pete Jerzyck’s thoughts about his cantankerous wife, Wilma: “He did not just live in fear of her; he lived in awe of her, as natives in … Continue reading

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