TPD pp 139-144: The Saga of Mary

Tension builds as Carmen admits to Hank that her voices weren’t real, she was just compensating for loneliness. She uses an awful pickup line:

“I’m really drawing strength from your company. I want you to know that.”

How can Hank resist her devilish charms?!

Meanwhile, the man is hitting on Mary through the closed window. He attemps to open the door — and she locks it. She tries to hit the horn again, but it no longer works. Rafar continues demanding to know where Tal is hidden. How will she ever escape the threat of someone outside her locked car door in broad daylight in a public place?!

Back to Hank, who is actually paying attention this time, asking if Carmen has people in her life to support her. Carmen continues being sly and subtle:

“Do you think I’m attractive?”

Back at the grocery store, the would-be rapist bangs on the glass with a buckle, cursing at her through the window. How will her virgin ears cope with the obscenities? Desperate, she releases the parking brake, causing the car to roll backwards slightly. A man standing nearby notices and intervenes. What a miracle! Someone was in the parking lot! And it happened to be a big strong man, the only kind of human who can rescue our damsel in distress.

Rafar beats Triskal half to death and lets him go as a warning.

Hank politely explains that he can’t fill her desire for a mate due to professional conflicts and is forced to terminate their sessions. Shocking twist! He acted like a professional! Who could have seen that coming?! Must have been Jesus personally intervening.

Mary’s car is going a terrifying fifteen miles per hour! It reaches the bottom of the hill and slows to a stop while she has a hysterical panic attack due to her close call. Triskal’s calm, male strength is needed to push her into starting the car again and driving home “to Hank’s protecting arms.”

(I wish I was making this up.)

Mary reaches home just as Carmen is leaving. Carmen begins screaming in terror as Triskal engages the demon riding her — Lust. (Interestingly enough, Lust is described as a he rather than the more traditional she. I suppose it’s because all the angels and demons are male, since only men can be that holy or unholy, since females are meant to be support for males and nothing more).

Mary finally remembered that she was about to cry. She picked up where she had left off.

Can I go back to reading something halfway decent now? This shit is just… bad. Not even entertaining bad. Just bad.

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2 Responses to TPD pp 139-144: The Saga of Mary

  1. Jarred H says:

    A man standing nearby notices and intervenes. What a miracle! Someone was in the parking lot! And it happened to be a big strong man, the only kind of human who can rescue our damsel in distress.

    He noticed the car moving. He didn’t notice the attackercussing out a frightened woman. He didn’t notice the attackerbacking on a window with a belt buckle. He was completely oblivious until the car started rolling.

    Are we to conclude the man is deaf? But wait, you’d think think he’d see the attacker beating on the window.

    • Skyknight says:

      I’m starting to wonder if Peretti, at least at the time, thought people really only act in accordance with the nudges of angels and/or demons. Showing signs of mild erotomania? No, it can’t be from within, it can ONLY be from Sitri’s infl…sorry…Lust’s influence. Notice a woman beleaguered by a madman? Can’t be your own eyes, must be an angel’s call. Oh, and the madman? The frenzy isn’t from within, it’s because of the goons of Pruflas, easy. Sorry, not Pruflas–Baal-Rafar. (I’d have an easier time accepting the angels and demons as actual characters if we had names that ACTUALLY CAME from the old medieval grimoires or Jewish legends…Even if some of them were obviously made up, like Furfur, whose name is Latin for “scoundrel”, apparently.)

      (How close was I, Jarred?)

      It reminds me of something I noticed while flipping through one of World Net Daily’s books, “How Evil Works”. The author, in discussing why the miracles of Jesus and Moses should not be regarded as magic (thaumaturgy, then?), speaks of magic/sorcery as the attempt to work one’s will on reality, whereas miracles are channeling God’s will on reality. Then he notes that there isn’t really any such thing as “one’s will”–only God’s will and influence, and Satan’s will and influence. All that’s really possible for humans is to choose between the two. I would guess that, since God’s will interdicts deceit, the conclusion is that anything not specifically marked as God’s will is, by default and inherently, Satan’s will instead. Likewise, there’s no real self-agency here; just angelic beacons, demonic beacons, and all humanity has the ability to do is choose which set of beacons to follow.

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