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Rose in on it all--I've never bought it (Read 2036 times)
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Rose in on it all--I've never bought it
21. Feb 2004 at 08:01
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At the end of the Last Coin, in the Epilogue,  Andrew says to Rose, "So it was you, you were onto the whole business all along." And Rose pretty much agrees.

This has always puzzled me.  Given this statement, Rose's behavior throughout most of the book, especially w/ regard to her fleeting admiration of Pennyman and exasperation with Andrew, makes little sense, unless she for some unknown reason had to push Andrew to the edge of his eccentric limits w/out letting him know why.  And there's no support for that. I bet it was an editorial last-minute thing.

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Reply #1 - 02. Mar 2004 at 04:45
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 I had trouble with it too.  I'm not sure if Andrew was actually a Caretaker at all, it seems like Rose was the real Caretaker, and Aunt Naomi and Rose conspired to make Andrew do all the dirty work.  

 But that's just how the Caretakers operate, isn't it?  A subtle movement here, a jesture there, and all sorts of events start spinning off in all directions, effecting some change on the other side of the globe.  

 After thinking it through, the only logical conclusion is that Rose was the true Caretaker, after Aunt Naomi, and she used her powers to effect a change in her husband, while fighting evil at the same time.  This also explains why she was able to take the long view regarding Andrew's eccentricities.

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