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    This is something that is mentioned in The Gunslinger and The Wastelands (if I remember correctly) but after that, we never hear about it again. Any thoughts on what it was all about and why King never delved into it again?
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    It was one of my favorite parts of the first book, but I think it was just a young, into drugs and drinking, King writing something into the plot to help the story. But, seeing as it made it into both versions of book one, it had to be somewhat important, so I don't understand why its never touched on again?

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    It was also in Eddie's vision at the beginning of The Wastelands I believe..so there seems to be more to it like you said. It just seems to have been dropped.
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    "When the King comes and the Tower falls, sai, all such pretty things as yours will be broken. Then there will be darkness and nothing but the howl of Discordia and the cries of the can toi" - From Song of Susannah

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    I remember now, wasn't the grass in the abandoned lot purple, but because of paint, too?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Storyslinger View Post
    I remember now, wasn't the grass in the abandoned lot purple, but because of paint, too?
    Yeah, I forgot about that. Thats true..the mystery deepens.
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    "When the King comes and the Tower falls, sai, all such pretty things as yours will be broken. Then there will be darkness and nothing but the howl of Discordia and the cries of the can toi" - From Song of Susannah

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    Now I really want to know the deeper meaning behind this.

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    Well, I don't think it was really just dropped. I think it was no longer needed. The blade of grass was meant to illustrate size in the multiverse so Roland could further understand what he was delving into I think. Once told, Roland had the information and so did the reader. It was just background so you could understand the scope of things I think. And maybe that painted purple blade was the very same blade Roland himself saw.
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    I get the feeling that the Purple Blade of Grass is a concept that seemed to have fallen by the wayside as the years went by. Maybe we'll get some insight with the comic series?
    "It's his eyes, Roland thought. They were wide and terrible, the eyes of a dragon in human form" - Roland seeing the Crimson King for the first time.

    "When the King comes and the Tower falls, sai, all such pretty things as yours will be broken. Then there will be darkness and nothing but the howl of Discordia and the cries of the can toi" - From Song of Susannah

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brice View Post
    Well, I don't think it was really just dropped. I think it was no longer needed. The blade of grass was meant to illustrate size in the multiverse so Roland could further understand what he was delving into I think. Once told, Roland had the information and so did the reader. It was just background so you could understand the scope of things I think. And maybe that painted purple blade was the very same blade Roland himself saw.
    Thats an interesting perspective, Brice. It just seemed an unresolved thing that seemed key towards the beginning of the series.
    "It's his eyes, Roland thought. They were wide and terrible, the eyes of a dragon in human form" - Roland seeing the Crimson King for the first time.

    "When the King comes and the Tower falls, sai, all such pretty things as yours will be broken. Then there will be darkness and nothing but the howl of Discordia and the cries of the can toi" - From Song of Susannah

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    It may not have been needed anymore, Brice, after the first book, but it kept coming back. I agree with your reasoning, but I think that in the back of King's mind, there was more to this story than he was ready, or capable of telling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by All_Hail_The_Crimson_King View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Brice View Post
    Well, I don't think it was really just dropped. I think it was no longer needed. The blade of grass was meant to illustrate size in the multiverse so Roland could further understand what he was delving into I think. Once told, Roland had the information and so did the reader. It was just background so you could understand the scope of things I think. And maybe that painted purple blade was the very same blade Roland himself saw.
    Thats an interesting perspective, Brice. It just seemed an unresolved thing that seemed key towards the beginning of the series.

    I don't think it's unresolved. I think it was foreshadowing some of what was to come. In fact for about twenty years that little blade of grass (and all that went with it in Walter's explanation/vision for Roland) has hung in my head.
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    I know that I never forgot it. I even had a book mark that had Kings original afterword on that vision.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brice View Post
    I don't think it's unresolved. I think it was foreshadowing some of what was to come. In fact for about twenty years that little blade of grass (and all that went with it in Walter's explanation/vision for Roland) has hung in my head.
    So you think it was a foreshadowing of him finding The Rose in the lot, the Rose being the twin of the Dark Tower, and so also represents the multiverse it in its own way, and thats it?
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    "When the King comes and the Tower falls, sai, all such pretty things as yours will be broken. Then there will be darkness and nothing but the howl of Discordia and the cries of the can toi" - From Song of Susannah

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    Quote Originally Posted by All_Hail_The_Crimson_King View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Brice View Post
    I don't think it's unresolved. I think it was foreshadowing some of what was to come. In fact for about twenty years that little blade of grass (and all that went with it in Walter's explanation/vision for Roland) has hung in my head.
    So you think it was a foreshadowing of him finding The Rose in the lot, the Rose being the twin of the Dark Tower, and so also represents the multiverse it in its own way, and thats it?
    That's it? No! Maybe this will sound a bit crazy, but I think there are very calculated and intentional puzzles within the tale. One thing leading to another and back around again.
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    ...and I don't think the rose was the tower's twin. I think it actually was the tower.
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    I値l be your friend forever


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    Quote Originally Posted by Brice View Post
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    I don't think it's unresolved. I think it was foreshadowing some of what was to come. In fact for about twenty years that little blade of grass (and all that went with it in Walter's explanation/vision for Roland) has hung in my head.
    So you think it was a foreshadowing of him finding The Rose in the lot, the Rose being the twin of the Dark Tower, and so also represents the multiverse it in its own way, and thats it?
    That's it? No! Maybe this will sound a bit crazy, but I think there are very calculated and intentional puzzles within the tale. One thing leading to another and back around again.

    Now that would be sneaky!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brice View Post
    That's it? No! Maybe this will sound a bit crazy, but I think there are very calculated and intentional puzzles within the tale. One thing leading to another and back around again.
    Okey dokey smokey! If what I just said wasn't what you were talking about, what were you talking about?











    bitch.
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    "When the King comes and the Tower falls, sai, all such pretty things as yours will be broken. Then there will be darkness and nothing but the howl of Discordia and the cries of the can toi" - From Song of Susannah

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brice View Post
    ...and I don't think the rose was the tower's twin. I think it actually was the tower.
    Well, thats another topic.
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    "When the King comes and the Tower falls, sai, all such pretty things as yours will be broken. Then there will be darkness and nothing but the howl of Discordia and the cries of the can toi" - From Song of Susannah

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    Quote Originally Posted by All_Hail_The_Crimson_King View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Brice View Post
    That's it? No! Maybe this will sound a bit crazy, but I think there are very calculated and intentional puzzles within the tale. One thing leading to another and back around again.
    Okey dokey smokey! If what I just said wasn't what you were talking about, what were you talking about?











    bitch.
    What you just said was essentially a PART of what I'm talking about.














    bastard!



    More fun later. I need sleep.
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    Quote Originally Posted by All_Hail_The_Crimson_King View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Brice View Post
    ...and I don't think the rose was the tower's twin. I think it actually was the tower.
    Well, thats another topic.
    Meh...it's all one topic really.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brice View Post

    What you just said was essentially a PART of what I'm talking about.
    Okay, you've got me interested...in your full idea.













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    bastard!
    Hey, that was out of the blue, what did I do to earn that kind of ad hominem attack?


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    More fun later. I need sleep.
    Pussy.
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    "When the King comes and the Tower falls, sai, all such pretty things as yours will be broken. Then there will be darkness and nothing but the howl of Discordia and the cries of the can toi" - From Song of Susannah

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brice View Post
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    ...and I don't think the rose was the tower's twin. I think it actually was the tower.
    Well, thats another topic.
    Meh...it's all one topic really.
    I see what you're saying.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Storyslinger View Post
    I remember now, wasn't the grass in the abandoned lot purple, but because of paint, too?
    Jake says (Or thinks it, i can't remember) that the purple paint was just camoflage(sic), so that you mightn't think it was weird. And I also agree with Brice the rose being The Tower itself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark88880 View Post
    Jake says (Or thinks it, i can't remember) that the purple paint was just camoflage(sic), so that you mightn't think it was weird..
    So what is the significance of the purple grass in the visions of Roland and Eddie and the paint on the grass around the Rose in the lot to you?
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    "When the King comes and the Tower falls, sai, all such pretty things as yours will be broken. Then there will be darkness and nothing but the howl of Discordia and the cries of the can toi" - From Song of Susannah

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    Ooooor you can just go ahead and keep it to yourself...
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    "When the King comes and the Tower falls, sai, all such pretty things as yours will be broken. Then there will be darkness and nothing but the howl of Discordia and the cries of the can toi" - From Song of Susannah

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