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Sun, Mar. 5th, 2006, 02:02 am
tony2btrue2self: Breaking Tradition

I usually re read The Stand every year on June 17th, but I broke tradition because I didn't read it last June :-) Of course I am past Chapter 2 but I do have a question, how come the people in the base died quicker than the people above the surface? Did I miss something?

Sun, Mar. 5th, 2006 03:23 pm (UTC)

This really isn't based on anything. I have just always assumed it was because the virus was so potant down there. everyone else picked it up from charlie or his family coughing on them, and then those people coughing on the next and so on. so they only got a bit. but the people in the base, they had it striaght in the air. thousands of little flu buggers attacking them at once.
But like I said, that is always what I assumed. after the virus spread out people had build ups to it or whatever, and the virus had to work harder at mutating to kill them.

Sun, Mar. 5th, 2006 03:41 pm (UTC)

The strain in the base was pure and killed instantly but once it got out it mutated and began to take longer to kill. Plus I think Flagg may have had a hand in making sure that Campion made it half way across the country in order to infect as many people as possible. But thats just my take.

Sun, Mar. 5th, 2006 04:35 pm (UTC)

I'd always concluded that it already mutated when Campion got it. So the original was inside the base and the mutated version outside.

Sun, Mar. 5th, 2006 08:31 pm (UTC)

I'm with all of you, I think it was more pure inside the base plus it was a kind of superdose. Hence they died more quickly.

Although it seems like a few in the film may have stretched it a bit. Like the car wash and the cooking scene. I just don't think it would have taken them quite that quickly and that more of them would have been in bed.

The car scenes and the church one were believable though.