Friday, February 26, 2010

Allie Wants the Man in Black

Fulfilling her part of their coital bargain, Allie begins to tell Roland the first (but not last) story-within-a-story that characterizes the entire DT series. When Roland puts a hand on her stomach, Allie "starts violently", obviously jittery about the situation ... but it's clearly not Roland she is afraid of.

The Man in Black entered Tull on a windstorm, shaking the town's residents into silent avoidance. His black robe gave him the aura of a religious man, a notion at odds with the crazy grin he wore.

Allie was the only person who noticed him when he first entered Sheb's, the other inhabitants being caught up with Nort's wake, although their treatment of him before his death was not exactly kind. Even the fact that the man was laid out with a sprig of devil-grass serves as kind of a sick joke. This continued cruelty of a man tortured in life weighs heavily on Allie.

Allie's reaction to the Man in Black emphasizes the parallels between the dark man and Roland. She feels a tremendous sexual yearning, although there is a fear mixed into the carnal jolt that is not present when she lays eyes on the gunslinger. As she pours him the "best" whiskey he requests (without even seriously considering giving him the crap she could), he looks directly in her eyes and the pull between her legs grows to a fever pitch. Allie fears her own sexual urges as they apply to the Man in Black, viewing her feelings as a weakness.

When Allie expresses her frustration with the wake (and the attendants' prior treatment of Nort), the Man in Black observes, "It excites them. He's dead. They're not."

Yes, it's fair to say that the Man in Black traffics with death ... and poor Allie does not know how to deal with her own automatic reactions to the power he has, both over her and in general.


  1. Speaking as one who DEVOURED the entre Dark Tower series, I'm still SOOOO pissed off at the ending.

    Is it just me??

  2. Nope ... I want to throw the seventh book at the wall every time I reread it. FYI to those of you possibly unfinished with the seventh book: STOP WHEN KING WARNS YOU TO STOP.

  3. I'm not sure I agree. I feel about the Dark Tower similarly as I do to the Matrix Trilogy.

    Both are so complex and grandiose that there was an unbelievable pressure to end the series with a fitting conclusion that will satisfy the fan and consumer. the only problem with both is that the fans especially built the idea of a conclusion up in their minds so much that there is no fitting end to either of our heroes that will be good enough. In both situations, the creator decided to pull the same card of a reset, and we're left wondering not only if this has happened before, but also if that's the case, if we've learned from this time through. I would like to believe that the next incarnation in both stories will be infinitely better than it was in this one, simply because of the struggle and sacrifice that our heroes went through in these two stories. Thoughts??

    **End Spoilers**

  4. I didn't have a problem with the very ending of Vol 7, ie what happened to Roland was very fitting, but the rest of the book was weak (read the first ten or so reviews by disappointed fans on for a spoiler-filled list of reasons).