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May. 11th, 2005 | 09:03 am
posted by: thehintguy in the_gunslingers
Here's a question for everyone: do you think Roland and Susan's love was true? Do you think that they were just both young and horny? Were they meant to be together, and a mistake tore them apart? Or were they bound from the beginning to tragically separate, just as surely as ka spins on its axle?
Personally, I believe that the love between Roland and Susan was only genuine near the end, when both of them were so close to their own mortality that they began to realize what was truly important to them. Initially, I believe that it was lust, plain and simple. A slightly longer Romeo and Juliet story, if you will. I don't have the book before me, so I can't quote it, but I seem to remember that Susan was quite the delicious young treat (if you take my meaning ;-). After all, the Mayor wanted her as his gilly, did he not? It could've been any other girl, but it was Susan. This surely must have played in a role in Roland's (aka Will Dearborne's) decision to pursue her romantically. Perhaps the enchantment of that first night they walked and talked together set alight in each of them a spark of desire that couldn't be satiated easily (Susan tried, but her fix was quick and didn't help much in the long run). Anyway, once Roland and Susan consummated their relationship (once again, if you take my meaning), I believe that they lapsed into a bit of a latency period. A plateau. A standstill. They had sex, yes, but that was just about all. And then things suddenly started happening in town, and before either of them knew it, they were standing down gunmen and barely escaping with their lives. This, I think, forced them to really consider their prospects. Roland and Susan made plans to escape together. Susan went back to get Roland out of prison (with Sheemie, yay Sheemie!). These two things helped to solidify Roland and Susan's love into something that had actions associated with it. And, alas, we all know how the story ended. "Roland, I love thee!" was Susan's last line. Did she mean it? I think so.
(On a side note, did anyone else think that Susan was going to die by falling into the thinny, or was that just me?)