It isn't finished. Miles asks that they keep vigilant and call him if anything changes or happens. When he returns home later that evening, Jack arrives with his wife Theodora Carolyn Jones , hysterical that the repugnant corpse has now cloned or turned into her husband and become totally identical to Jack, even down to the bleeding cut on the hand - and its eyes are open.
Earlier, the replica body awakened, took on human features, fluttered its eyelids, and acquired the cut hand. On a premonition that Becky is also in danger, Miles races to Becky's house, enters through a basement window, and in the darkness discovers a smooth-faced, replica "double" for Becky hidden in a bin - and obviously placed there by her father.
Frightened, Miles wakes her from a drugged sleep state and carries her away to his house. By this time, Dr. Kaufman has been notified of the weird happenings, but he is skeptical and ridicules their fears, especially when the corpses disappear. He again explains everything away as mass delusion and hysteria. Then for a while, things seem to calm down and return to normal. The troubles of Wilma and Jimmy appear rectified. But Miles uneasily wonders to himself that the recoveries are being play-acted for his benefit:. Driving home, I had a lot of questions and no answers.
How could Jimmy and Wilma seem so normal now. Surely I had done nothing to cure them. Maybe they wanted me to feel secure but why? At a barbecue at Miles' home in the famous greenhouse scene, with friends Jack and Theodora, they discover two giant seed pods that burst and explode open like rotten cabbages, with a milky fluid bubbling out [a mock birth scene].
In the terrifying scene, the disgorged pods reveal grotesquely duplicate similarities to their human counterparts - replicas covered with a sticky, sappy foam. Miles, who realizes that one of the 'blanks' looks like him, searches for lighter fluid, and then takes a pitchfork and stabs at the pods' hearts in a vampire-like killing. They all speculate that there's an alien menace in their neighborhood. It may be that distant planet emissaries have sent giant seed pods to Earth. They are a kind of zombie-like alien invader that develops or propagates when a person is asleep with a loss of consciousness , and alters the life force, being and consciousness of the somnolent victim with a new physical vehicle that is an exact likeness.
When the duplication process is complete, the real person's body is destroyed and replaced by the zombie duplicate - "taken over" by the pod, without typical human emotions such as anxiety, love, faith, or hope. The replacement eliminates the human counterpart and bears only a physical resemblance to the former self - it is a loveless conformist or drone without personality or emotion that is only concerned with propagating itself similar to plants :.
Maybe they're the result of atomic radiation on plant life or animal life. Some weird alien organism - a mutation of some kind Whatever it is, whatever intelligence or instinct it is that govern the forming of human flesh and blood out of thin air, is fantastically powerful All that body in your cellar needed was a mind Miles realizes that they are cut off from the outside world and need to escape.
Eventually, exhausted fugitives Becky and Miles end up cornered in his office where they are forced to hide, fleeing from the police. It appears everyone in town has been overtaken by the changeling pods and everything is threatened. To prevent them from going to sleep and being changed while their minds are least resistant, Miles dispenses stimulants.
Miles describes to Becky, in an eloquent soliloquy, about how the bodies and souls of humans are being taken over by aliens, and how some people allow their humanity to slowly "drain away" - not realizing how "precious" it is until directly threatened:.
In my practice, I've seen how people have allowed their humanity to drain away. Only it happened slowly instead of all at once. They didn't seem to mind All of us - a little bit - we harden our hearts, grow callous. Only when we have to fight to stay human do we realize how precious it is to us, how dear. All rights reserved.
They drive to a small village, settle in a house that is devoid of life, and make themselves at home in a place they hope to stay for a long while. Meanwhile, Jack Slade is enjoying his time at the village hall with his son, Thomas, and the new group. But how long can this contentment last with the Snatchers scattered across the villages and in the woods of this rural part of England? Both parties find that as the days go by, it's not just the Snatchers that are the danger. With the land now in a lawless state, there are some people prepared to do anything to survive, and are taking liberties and behaving in a way that would have had them punished in the old world.
Not for persons under the age of Download: epub mobi Kindle pdf more Online Reader rtf lrf pdb txt. Price: Free! Add to Library. Create Widget. About Shaun Whittington. How could anyone mess around with a departed soul and not be overcome by dread and disgust? It was only to divert his own attention from the matter that Cesarino had been stubbornly struggling for the right word. To undrown her, maybe? Malachisio called him back to a reality he was desperately trying to ignore. He felt sick. But, as he gave up his vain word-hunt, he told himself that his partner was right.
And he caught himself thinking of something else — something rather romantic, for a man like him: You were so beautiful, Andreina.
What a pity. Kidnapping, rape and murder: how much would it cost him if he were ever judged by a court, the necromancer found himself wondering? Well, very little. Nothing, if he bribed the right people. He was a merciless man and knew all too well what made the world go around. The way he picked his victims was as cynical as it was flawless.
Humanity within and without the Swiss bailiwicks came in three races, each one organized in two hierarchical species: males on top, females on the bottom. He was interrupted by Roncola chuckling. Is that clear? Cesarino Fontana, the sharpest of the troop, wondered about the value of shit — which, if one thinks of it as manure, is a very valuable fertilizer indeed. Got it, now? The man in charge went to get a parchment from a cabinet. Ah, why do I even ask.
It was a list of several offences and of the penalties to pay them off. Calling someone a fool, for instance, cost a penalty of two grossoni ; committing adultery cost ten corone ; repeat offenders were fined twenty. Three-time adulterers incurred a penalty of sixty corone. It seems that only millionaires can be sinners in this world , thought Mala as he scratched his maimed ear.
It was only at the end of the parchment that one could learn about the threefold division of humankind, expressed in exquisitely exact monetary terms. Harming a peasant cost sixty-six lire ; two hundred lire for harming a middle-class man, and three hundred lire for a nobleman. That was all they needed to know. Very fine girls meant girls like Lena. Father Buonfiglio — the keeper of the friary of the Serviti in Mendrisio and his personal confessor — had recommended the boy to him.
They instructed him to stand with his head bowed, to listen, and to keep his mouth shut. Get out — leave me with the boy.
He told me everything about you. I know you, boy — I know that you are faster than greased lightning. I had you brought here because you are a nobody. You have no father, no mother, no siblings. You are a lucky boy. I want you — me, captain Gorini.