Book Talk: HEX, Chapter 26

Posted March 13, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Books, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Bilingual read-through of HEX by Thomas Olde Heuvelt

List of Prominent Characters

So, the NL and EN tags are the ones actually used in the story. If it’s listed for both then it’s a shorthand I’m using to note which of the characters is which. Where no name for ‘both’ is included I haven’t used a name for both. (Expect this list to get updated per chapter!)

  • Beek (NL), Black Spring/Black Rock (EN), Black Beek (both)
  • Stefan (NL), Steve (EN), Ste (both)
  • Katherina (NL), Katherine (EN), Kat (both), aka Wylerheks (NL), Black Rock Witch (EN) Wyler Witch (both)
  • Jolanda (NL), Jocelyn (EN), Jo (both)
  • Timo (NL), Tyler (EN), Tiy (both)
  • Oma (NL), Gramma (EN), Granny (both)
  • Max (NL), Matt (EN), Maxmatt (both)
  • Robert Grim (NL, EN)
  • Claire Hamer (NL), Claire Hammer (EN)
  • Jens van der Heijden (NL), Warren Castillo (EN), Jenren (both)
  • Jasmine Aerendonck (NL), Bammy Delarosa (EN), Jasmy (both)
  • The Aerandoncks/The Delarosas, Aerenrosa (both)
  • Martijn Winkel (NL), Marty Keller (EN),Winler (both)
  • Loes Krijgsman (NL), Lucy Everett (EN), Loucy (both)
  • Pieter van Meerten (NL), Pete VanderMeer (EN), Pete van Meer (both)
  • Marieke (NL), Mary (EN), Marie (both)
  • Laurens (NL), Lawrence (EN), Lau (both)
  • Jelmer Holst (NL), Jaydon Holst (EN), Jaymer (both)
  • Mirna (NL), Sue (EN)
  • Burak Sayers (NL), Burak Şayers (EN)
  • Bert Aerendonck (NL), Burt Delarosa (EN)
  • Gemma Holst (NL), Griselda Holst (EN), Gemelda (both)
  • Kobus Mater (NL), Colton Mathers (EN), Colbus (both)
  • Jules Helsloot (NL), Justin Walker (En), Ju (both)

Whoever is born here, is doomed to stay ’til death. Whoever settles, never leaves.

Welcome to Black Spring, the seemingly picturesque Hudson Valley town haunted by the Black Rock Witch, a seventeenth century woman whose eyes and mouth are sewn shut. Muzzled, she walks the streets and enters homes at will. She stands next to children’s bed for nights on end. Everybody knows that her eyes may never be opened or the consequences will be too terrible to bear.

The elders of Black Spring have virtually quarantined the town by using high-tech surveillance to prevent their curse from spreading. Frustrated with being kept in lockdown, the town’s teenagers decide to break their strict regulations and go viral with the haunting. But, in so doing, they send the town spiraling into dark, medieval practices of the distant past.

In chapter 25: Maxmatt is now in hospital and there was a funeral service for Tiy. Ste is totally not there for his wife or remaining son because he’s grieving and he hates everyone. Also I really dislike the way the book handles its portrayal of relatives and loved ones of someone who committed suicide.

Chapter 26 – Scene 1

We’re in Gemelda’s pov again! And everyone has turned her into an outcast. But they’ve also erased what has happened from their minds entirely, so why do they still need to make her an outcast?

Answer: probably because she reminds them of what they want to forget and Gemelda just does not know this/cannot figure this out.

But, you know. I am petty.

And Gemelda is, like, seriously angry that the town is shunning her. Because clearly this funeral is all about her.

Chapter 26 – Scene 2

Oh, hey. Grim had a nervous breakdown too. Well, I’m glad that’s not actually reserved only for women, but he’s still shown in a more positive light and more coherent and put-together than Jo was. The book described her reaction to trauma. It simply notes that Grim’s existed and then refocuses on present matters and how he is still able to function in everyday life.

And that’s all there is to this chapter is we get to read about Grim’s reaction to the Wyler Witch’s attack (sort of) and how he is sure something bad is about to happen.

Chapter 26 – Scene 3

Gemelda is now home and is slowly losing it. She loves and hates her son and thinks murdering him is a totally rational thing to do because it’ll spare him the horrors to come. This book, people. With 7 more chapters to go, it is starting to ramp up for the big finale. She doesn’t kill him, by the by, because he moves and this snaps her out of whatever spell she’s under. And she’s clearly under a spell. Credit where credit should go, that is, I think, what the scene is indicating.

And then moar foreboding with all the meat in her shop having rotted and Maxmatt wakes up, terrified because someone is going to open the witch’s eyes and they mustn’t. Scary!

And that’s it for this chapter. I’m actually surprised we haven’t yet hit any of the major end-of-book changes that Olde Heuvelt has discussed making, but kind of glad too because then I’ll be writing a lot more and it’ll take longer to reach the end. >> Anyway, moving on!

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