Book Talk: HEX, Chapter 17

Posted January 17, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments


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)

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 16: We discover that the dog may not be dead! HUZZAH! The dog may be alive! (Just kidding. Of course the dog isn’t alive.) But the characters think so and hie off into the night to discover where all the barking is coming from. And then several other characters think that the best possible solution to their problems now that the Wyler Witch has stopped making the rivers bleed is to drive her down into a relatively deep hole and throw stones at her.

Chapter 17 – Scene 1

Aaaah, the scene where the rational protagonists and the people closest to them start getting infected with the same irrational fears as those around them because stuff has been too weird to deny. Sorry, book, I’m still not impressed. We also get some more concrete foreshadowing of stuff that’s going to be important later: the way this family works emotionally.

Ste goes off for a long walk at the end of this scene. In the Dutch version, he walks over the border and into Germany, which is… a much nicer idea of him trying to get away from everything in his life, I think, because the image is that he’s in a completely new country, if only for a time. The English version can’t do that. It could’ve gone for walking into another state (or at least marking another county?), but it doesn’t seem to do that.

Chapter 17 – Scene 2

Here we have more family dynamics as Ste asks his wife and Maxmatt to leave him alone with Tiy, who’s in utter shock.

Chapter 17 – Scene 3

And here Ste is doing everything he can to protect Tiy. There aren’t too many changes beyond some changes in location names.

Chapter 17 – Scene 4

FORESHADOWING. Yep. There are no changes here, just more foreshadowing about Ste and his feelings and how they’ll affect everything.