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Bill_T
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Early Chapters Discussion: Pulling the Trigger

Ronnie mentions being able to use a gun. Do you think she would have been able to shoot Scott Early?


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vivico1
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Re: Early Chapters Discussion: Pulling the Trigger

Things happened so silently and quickly , that I think even if she had had a gun and saw him, I dont know if she could have with the shock of it all. Religion-wise, there is nothing in her religion to say she did not have the right to defend her sisters or herself by shooting him. I dont know. I don't think Ronnie is the type even to be able to say yes or no, unless it happened that way. She may say yes but I think thats one of those things you don't know till it happens. I understand her desperate desire to have been able to do something and the feelings of guilt at not being able to. You know, in a way, I think Ronnie is the type who in a second, could have realised if she shot (especially with a shotgun) she could have hit her own sisters and so maybe if she had had a gun, she may have just ran at him with it and hit him with it, or jumped on him trying to fight him off. Hard to say. Just hard to feel the guilt over not being able to do anything and a heck of a lot for a young girl to carry around with her all the time.
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JackieM01
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Re: Early Chapters Discussion: Pulling the Trigger/of course

Ronnie thinks she would have defended her sisters. I believe that she would have had the presence of mind to do so, and have shot to kill. But, you see, the circumstances prevented that. By the time Ronnie would have been able to use her father's shotgun, her sisters already were dead. She would not have shot Scott Early as he sat on the picnic table.
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Bill_T
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Re: Early Chapters Discussion: Pulling the Trigger/of course

This is making me think of something, Jackie, that you say in the audio interview you did for us with Steve Bertrand. He asked you what you thought about some writers saying that they create their characters and then the characters just go where they want to. You laughed and said in no uncertain terms that you are "the boss" of your characters. Those circumstances mean everything, after all, in terms of the novel -- just as they do in life.




JackieM01 wrote:
Ronnie thinks she would have defended her sisters. I believe that she would have had the presence of mind to do so, and have shot to kill. But, you see, the circumstances prevented that. By the time Ronnie would have been able to use her father's shotgun, her sisters already were dead. She would not have shot Scott Early as he sat on the picnic table.
Jackie M.


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