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Topic: Why did Ned Plume let Phin go in the first place if he would later express his intentions to cut Phin's throat upon finding Phin? Another consideration to make would be: Why would Ned Plume actually want to murder Phin (shown by claims of future th
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Why did Ned Plume let Phin go in the first place if he would later express his intentions to cut Phin's throat upon finding Phin? Another consideration to make would be: Why would Ned Plume actually want to murder Phin (shown by claims of future th
on: July 3, 2015, 19:39

Plume might just be trying to fit into his role as leader of the Sleepers. An explanation might be that Plume sincerely didn't want to murder a child (although he was willing to murder an older man: Engelbreit…), but was only trying to display his lack of morality and disregard for the law. This would reinforce his aggressive persona, and would, as a result of the associated fear of the other Sleepers, ensure his position as their leader (Harper Wallace).


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Re: Why did Ned Plume let Phin go in the first place if he would later express his intentions to cut Phin's throat upon finding Phin? Another consideration to make would be: Why would Ned Plume actually want to murder Phin (shown by claims of future
on: July 30, 2015, 21:14

Plume let Phin go because he "don't make war on kids"(p.78) He "met for [Phin] to run"(p.78). Plume won't make a war on Phin because when Plume was a lad "They [him] off to fight"(p.77). Plume knows what is like to have war on him, because it happened to him when he was a child. And I don't think that Plume would wish to do that to a child. Yet, when he "Catch[es Phin] now, kid or no kid-[He'll] cut his throat." Meaning he won't care after the next encounter. Ned would also want Phin dead, because Phin was a witness, and almost all modern day killers leave no witness, at least not for long.


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Re: Why did Ned Plume let Phin go in the first place if he would later express his intentions to cut Phin's throat upon finding Phin? Another consideration to make would be: Why would Ned Plume actually want to murder Phin (shown by claims of future
on: August 10, 2015, 17:46

Plume didn't kill Phin because he might not have had the heart to bring himself to kill a child. Though killing Engelbreit (a grown man), might have been to show his dominance as the leader of the Sleepers, killing a child may make Plume be viewed as lesser of a man by the other Sleepers.


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Re: Why did Ned Plume let Phin go in the first place if he would later express his intentions to cut Phin's throat upon finding Phin? Another consideration to make would be: Why would Ned Plume actually want to murder Phin (shown by claims of future
on: August 11, 2015, 19:19

I agree that Plume let Phin go the first time because he couldn't bring himself to kill an innocent child. Later, he discovers that Phin has taken his wallet. There are certain things in the wallet that could destroy or maim the Sleeper organization. Because Plume is scared of the wallet falling into the wrong hands, he can justify his plan of killing Phin. He also no longer believes that Phin is innocent because of the wallet.


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