By Simon Callow
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On the book's starting Willa is trave11ing to the detention center to invite Ben that very question.. After she leaves, Ben reca11s eleven THE evening üF THE HUNTER BFI movie o Willa's stopover at, talking to him in simple terms of the cash: 'until her face started to search for all of the international just like the face of Preacher; susceptible and unwell with greed; an identical greed that had led Ben to homicide and the gallows. ' He recollects the trial: even the court docket desires to recognize the place the money is. they provide to shuttle his sentence if in simple terms he will inform them, yet he prefers the awful pride of going to the grave together with his mystery. In sleep, he murmurs out loud, quoting the Bible: 'and a bit baby shalllead them' Preacher too drifts into goals: residing at the ladies he has killed.. He might by no means be precisely certain what number there had been.. occasionally there have been twelve and infrequently it used to be simply six 'and having said that they'd all combination jointly into one and her face may get up within the wavering chiaroscuro of his goals just like the Whore of Sodom and never till his hand stole lower than his blanket and wound around the bone hasp of the devoted knife did the face blanch and dissolve right into a spasm of horror and flee again into the darkness again'. Grubb graphically depicts Powell's psychopathic development, as, pushed by means of internal whisperings, he cuts a murderous swathe throughout the gullible widows of the land. Now he's obsessed via whatever else. at the same time Ben is taken to be hanged Preacher screams his query afi:er him: 'where's the money? After the putting, the hangman and a crony talk about the hanged man.. '1 determine he used to be a feller that wasn't used to killin' - a very good style at center, what 1 suggest to say.. ' Even they ask yourself the place the cash is.. The hangman is going domestic; he is weary of his fi:ightful occupation.. He desires to return to paintings within the mines. His spouse forbids him; she wishes him alive. He gazes fandly at his personal young ones. again at Cresap's touchdown, Willa has taken a role on the ice-cream parlour run by way of Walt and Icey Spoon.. Grubb depicts the neighborhood with a pointy and infrequently fanciflil contact: the Spoons - kindly Walt and garrulous, match-making Icey (named for her ability within the ice-cream division) - and the unusual Miz Cunningham, in whose pawn store John spots the watch that he longs a long way past anything within the world.. Miz Cunningham as defined by means of Grubb do not have disdained the corporate of Mrs Gamp: Why, she used to be fairly particularly outstanding - this previous fats girl! finally, she received her arms on approximately every little thing on the planet! simply examine her window! There by means of the pair of outdated overshoes have been Jamey Hankins' ice-skates! there has been outdated Walt Spoon's elk's tooth.. There - his mother's personal marriage ceremony ring! there has been an international in that window of this impressive outdated woman.. And it used to be possible that once Miz 12 Cunningham like an historical barn owl fluttered and Bapped to earth finally, they'd take her away and pluck her open and locate her stomach covered with fur and feathers and the tiny inice skulls of myriad desires. » UJ UJ o UJ She desires to find out about the money too, in fact.