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    Why did the sisters heal the people?
    Does blood taste better if the owner is healthy?

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    i think the bugs healed them because
    1. if they see/smell blood they go into a frenzy
    2. it gave them an excuse to keep them there
    remember that they were posing as doctors the whole time.
    if somehow someone saw someone (try saying that ten times fast) that went in to get a large gash in their leg healed, and ten days later it looks no different, it would kind of blow their cover.
    3. it made the host last a bit longer.
    4. it kept the HOSTS thinking that they were being helped
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    So, would I be right to surmise it's all guesswork? I was happy to see this thread started by Nikolett, because I had suspected it was only me who didn't understand that part, and that because I was (ashamed to say so, but it's true) too bored by the story (except the first few pages) to pay too much attention.

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    Why the bug healed them that's another good question, too. (I feel they were slaves of the sisters, somehow.) Why the sisters made them heal the people... that's the thing that doesn't let me go.
    I have too guesses,
    - fresh, healthy blood tastes much better
    - sick blood can steal their energy, too or make them sick
    It seems quite logical. If blood is the only thing they eat it should be very good quality.

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    Oh yes Letti, the healthier the blood ...the better it tastes, but were not too picky down at the infirmary.....I mean the sisters in the story thought so.

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    I think it's farming essentially. Taking the sick into their tent gives them easy access to victims. I think it's right that healthy blood tastes better, or can provide them with better sustenance, but I think a healthy person will supply more blood too. Vampires feed off the living remember. The person dies of blood loss, they don't kill them then feed. If they feed from the sick, they'll die quicker and there will be less blood. With healthier people, the heart will pump longer supplying more blood.

    Ok, that's disturbing.... where did my mind just go?... :{

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brainslinger View Post
    I think it's farming essentially. Taking the sick into their tent gives them easy access to victims. I think it's right that healthy blood tastes better, or can provide them with better sustenance, but I think a healthy person will supply more blood too. Vampires feed off the living remember. The person dies of blood loss, they don't kill them then feed. If they feed from the sick, they'll die quicker and there will be less blood. With healthier people, the heart will pump longer supplying more blood.

    Ok, that's disturbing.... where did my mind just go?... :{
    Yes, i have to agree with all of that.
    They healed them the better to eat them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brainslinger View Post
    I think it's farming essentially. Taking the sick into their tent gives them easy access to victims. I think it's right that healthy blood tastes better, or can provide them with better sustenance, but I think a healthy person will supply more blood too. Vampires feed off the living remember. The person dies of blood loss, they don't kill them then feed. If they feed from the sick, they'll die quicker and there will be less blood. With healthier people, the heart will pump longer supplying more blood.

    Ok, that's disturbing.... where did my mind just go?... :{
    Quote Originally Posted by razz View Post
    i think the bugs healed them because
    1. if they see/smell blood they go into a frenzy
    2. it gave them an excuse to keep them there
    remember that they were posing as doctors the whole time.
    if somehow someone saw someone (try saying that ten times fast) that went in to get a large gash in their leg healed, and ten days later it looks no different, it would kind of blow their cover.
    3. it made the host last a bit longer.
    4. it kept the HOSTS thinking that they were being helped
    I think it is more about, to keep the host alive, which means to have more food for a longer time. I don't think they would care about taste that much. They are really hungry.

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    Aha... it's like keeping chickens and ducks... you feed them you give them home you try to heal them if they get weak and you protect them from the fox... to eat them at the end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Letti View Post
    Aha... it's like keeping chickens and ducks... you feed them you give them home you try to heal them if they get weak and you protect them from the fox... to eat them at the end.
    More than that, its like eating their eggs. If you cut and eat them, you have to find new chickens. But if you do with their eggs, you will be full up for a long time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Melike View Post
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    Aha... it's like keeping chickens and ducks... you feed them you give them home you try to heal them if they get weak and you protect them from the fox... to eat them at the end.
    More than that, its like eating their eggs. If you cut and eat them, you have to find new chickens. But if you do with their eggs, you will be full up for a long time.
    I don't think they can control themselves for long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Letti View Post
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    Aha... it's like keeping chickens and ducks... you feed them you give them home you try to heal them if they get weak and you protect them from the fox... to eat them at the end.
    More than that, its like eating their eggs. If you cut and eat them, you have to find new chickens. But if you do with their eggs, you will be full up for a long time.
    I don't think they can control themselves for long.
    Yes indeed.
    When they captured the wagon train with John (brother of James), they ended up with what, 20+ people in the infirmary.
    By the time Roland got there (probably not all that long - James' corpse was bloated but still there with a dog just starting to worry at it), they had already healed and consumed all but 2, and they consumed those 2 in the space of what, 2 or 3 nights!
    Yes, they were HUNGRY bitches!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Letti View Post
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    Aha... it's like keeping chickens and ducks... you feed them you give them home you try to heal them if they get weak and you protect them from the fox... to eat them at the end.
    More than that, its like eating their eggs. If you cut and eat them, you have to find new chickens. But if you do with their eggs, you will be full up for a long time.
    I don't think they can control themselves for long.
    Yes, they can not. I mean they just try. Thats why they don't kill immediately and heal the hosts.

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    Did anyone else realize/believe that the Little Doctors were a part of the Little Sisters themselves. My thinking: when Roland and Jenna are laying down at sunrise he hears a shrill scream and awakes to find Jenna gone, her clothes fallen (in place of a body) and a mass of the Little Doctors forming a "comma" (Jenna's personal sigul- almost). So, I was led to believe that Jenna herself was a personified being composed by the Little Doctors (hence her differently colored Dark Bells on whe wimple) and therefore she would heal paitents so her Sisters could feast. She was notedly "special" and could "control" the Doctors because she and they were one in the same. She and Roland escaped while part of her "self" consumed Coquina for the escape.

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    I think they were all made of the Little Doctors to some extent. Roland had a sense of 'variousness' on looking at them. Something he didn't get from Jenna, who seemed almost just a human girl. (He turned out to be wrong, mind you.)

    I wonder if this the same for all type 1 vampires or if the Little Sisters are a species to themselves. I would go for the latter although (later books spoilers)
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    the inclusion of the grandfather fleas (also called Little Doctors) and their connection to the type-1s suggests otherwise.

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    I believe that they are like group mentality bedbugs. They want to fatten the prey and feed ,feed,feed,=it is the whole vampiric,blood sucking insect connection. They heal to deceive. It is in the complacent sense of "healing" that victims defenses are down. Just as we believe that we are made of cells the Little Sisters are composites of the little doctors-their true form-
    anestesising blood sucking parasites. They "numb" and distract,and then devour. Probably something that evolved in "Mr. Barlow's" crypt, bedbugs of vampires.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ManOfWesternesse View Post
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    I think it's farming essentially. Taking the sick into their tent gives them easy access to victims. I think it's right that healthy blood tastes better, or can provide them with better sustenance, but I think a healthy person will supply more blood too. Vampires feed off the living remember. The person dies of blood loss, they don't kill them then feed. If they feed from the sick, they'll die quicker and there will be less blood. With healthier people, the heart will pump longer supplying more blood.

    Ok, that's disturbing.... where did my mind just go?... :{
    Yes, i have to agree with all of that.
    They healed them the better to eat them.
    Agreed. That's what I've thought.
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    The 'hospital' was essentialy a larder. If you were storing food, would you like to keep it fresh (alive) or let it rot (die)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pinkymcfatfat View Post
    The 'hospital' was essentialy a larder. If you were storing food, would you like to keep it fresh (alive) or let it rot (die)?
    For me they seemed to be way too greedy to be able to store anything. I think they waited to get blood with better taste. They developed the quality of it. And when you enjoy killing it's much better to take the life of the one who would like to keep it a lot.


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    All good points, an overall intriguing installation by SK! Just got done reading it.

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