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Stand, The (Stephen King) - Nick Andros Hears!
In chapter 9, after being beaten up, Nick Andros is left in the middle of the road in the path of an oncoming car. "...and the screaming sound of brakes and tires filled the world as he waited numbly to be run over." How did he hear that? He was a deaf mute!
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Norma on 09-09-1999
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nitpick.spoiler writes:
It said the sounds filled the world, not his ears.
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Akhamed writes:
Or, it just could be the narrator describing the scene for us, who could (presumably) see and hear.
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Jigga Lee writes:
I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that the description was of the scene, it didn't mention anywhere that he could hear those sounds.
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JJ writes:
Yeah I'm willing to bet that he was just describing the scene. Did it actually say that Nick heard it?
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Katie_Elaine writes:
I think that the way he described the scene was for the reader of the book, using the word numbly to describe Nick showed that Nick had no idea what was going on and could not hear the sounds around him.
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Emz writes:
Unless it says it filled 'his world' then its not applicable.
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acenyc28 writes:
One can certainly feel the vibrations of a heavy-duty squealing: this was certainly the intentions, that the tension was palpable.
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Disgruntled writes:
No, he was not blind.
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John writes:
It was at night. Nick wasn't blind and could see the headlights of the car comming towards him.
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twounknown writes:
It say the sound filled the world, so you can either take it literally that he didn't hear it but the rest of the entire world did or admit King's describing the guy being overwelmed by the sound despite being deaf.
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RSullivan writes:
If a tree falls in a forest and no one is there to hear it, do the other trees make fun of it?
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the voice in your head writes:
Also when nick wakes up after he got jumped by those guys you can hear an owl hoot. When it hoots you see Nick turn his head to look for what made the sound. I'm starting to think he isn't deaf.
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stacie_yates writes:
Well, I guess you could be generous and say there are different levels of deafness. Some people can hear extremely loud noises, high-pitched noise, low pitches only, etc, and yet not be able to hear or understand conversation. On the other hand, could be King just boo-booed and forgot who he was writing about.
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Rob writes:
If a tree falls in a deserted forest, does it still make a sound?
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Kiwi writes:
Just a stupid question, but... was he also blind?
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