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Initial post: Jan 5, 2009, 5:55:46 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 6, 2009, 3:59:14 AM PST
Just finished the book and am curious what the object was that Ryan turns down in the last chapter. Would like to know if anyone figured out what the author was decribing and if it had anything to do with the unsolved case or in some way was summing up Ryan's character.

Just found info on the internet about land divinities. The carving on the object that Ryan refuses is of the Celtic god Silvanus.
He is the interface between Tribe and Land and between our world and the Otherworld. Through him goods can be passed from one realm to another, and valuable things can be gotten from raw Nature.
I think the author did give us an answer to the the past murders and also literally handed them to Ryan in order for him to get out of the woods.

Posted on May 6, 2009, 9:51:25 AM PDT
So Silvanus took Peter and Jamie and took them to the other realm?

Posted on May 13, 2009, 3:38:26 PM PDT
Interesting! But why would anyone turn down such a neat gift?

In reply to an earlier post on May 14, 2009, 7:37:30 AM PDT
Maybe he wanted no mementos of those woods and what happened. The woods were gone, his memory was gone, that arrowhead would be the last link.

Posted on Sep 11, 2009, 4:28:45 PM PDT
By turning it down he is also turning away from the acceptance of his surviver's guilt. Why didn't Silvanus take him as well? Why was he left and how did the blood get into his shoes? Did he get it tryiing to hold on to his friends and failed? Was he swept up with his friends and cast back as unacceptable for some reason? He carries all these issues with him through the whole book. I felt he was not ready for acceptance and perhaps never will be.
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In the Woods: A Novel by Tana French (Paperback - May 27, 2008)
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