3rd Friday of July 2020: “It is time to check the snakes!”

Self hates snakes almost as much as she hates horror films involving dolls.

In Hard Target, Jean-Claude van Damme punches a snake and knocks it out. But she is not Jean-Claude van Damme.

Anyhoo, in this crucial crucial scene in The Snakes — a novel which self continues to love madly and beyond reason, despite a few questionable scenes (like the one in the barn) — we encounter ACTUAL SNAKES.

DEUS EX MACHINA, what?

Or Chekhov’s smoking gun?

Alex: “It’s time to check the snakes!”

(Self turns the page and begins Chapter 6)

Alex: “There are loads of snakes. But mostly they’re just grass snakes. They’re sort of company . . . They’ve got nice round eyes. It’s the vipers I don’t like. Asp vipers. Vipera aspis. They’re in the roof, and it pisses me off.”

Someone is going to be killed by a snake! Self is sure of it!

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

 

 

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