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Subject: TP: Understanding BOB (was Re: Cooper's in Trouble/Speculation on Next Week)
From: horny@ucscl.UCSC.EDU (Michael Kaye)
Date: 1990-11-14, 11:10
Newsgroups: alt.tv.twin-peaks,rec.arts.tv

Let me start this article by saying that none of my assertions are 
"provable", things in TP never are.  If we only considered things
that were certain, and did not speculate, this would be a very
boring discussion.  I put more faith in the diary than many
readers in this group.  While it misses on a few quibbling details,
like the year (heh), it gets the major points right IMHO.
There is alot of confusion about what BOB is, hopefully
this article will give people some ideas to ponder.  Apologies
for length.  This article is one big spoiler.

In article  Jon.Webb@CS.CMU.EDU writes:
> >I think that Sarah is not dead, but Maddy is.  
> >However, I doubt that Sarah will contribute any good information -- 
> >she's unconscious and anyway she seems to be protecting Leland/Bob.  

More importantly, since she failed to help Laura or incriminate
BOB during all the years Laura was terrorized by BOB, she
likely won't be much help here either, for the same reasons.
I don't know what those reasons are, but judging by what BOB does
to Laura, I think BOB blinded Sarah to what was going on , 
terrorized her into silence, or convinced her she couldn't do 
anything to help anyway.  Perhaps Sarah was incapacitated
every time Laura was molested by Leland the same way she
was incapacitated last episode.


   BOB is able to affect what people see.  For instance, Ronette only 
saw BOB at the traincar, not Leland.  BOB had concealed who his host 
was from Laura for years and years.  BOB seems to be able to manipulate 
people's consciousness, often appearing to his victim only, affecting 
what they perceive and remember.  I don't think BOB needs a human host
to appear to his victims, but does need one to directly affect
them physically.


  Let's hear from BOB what his powers are.  Note that he most likely 
overstated his powers to terrorize Laura, to instill a greater sense 
of helplessness in her.  Clearly he can enter peoples consciousness 
and affect their thoughts and perception of reality.  This might
include the ability to pass unseen, explaining his entrance into 
the guarded hospital room.  I don't know how much else he can do, 
but his powers probably include an uncommon ability to gather information 
and/or read minds (he probably does this in owl or spirit form?), 
and the ability to take people to a strange other world.  Whatever 
BOB can do, he clearly is an absolute expert at psychologically destroying 
Laura, making her feel dirty, unloved, helpless, like she deserved 
the abuse he gave her.

[Laura wakes up from a dream and sees BOB at the edge of his bed,
as in the show itself]

"YOU FORGOT, LAURA, I KNOW EVERYTHING, SEE EVERYTHING, GO ANYWHERE I 
WANT... I COULD TELL YOU MORE ABOUT WHAT YOU THINK ARE SECRETS THAN
YOU COULD TELL YOURSELF! [...]"   (pg 82)

[Laura says 'I'm going to have to tell everyone and make them believe]

"TELL THEM WHAT, LAURA PALMER?  TELL THEM THAT I TAKE YOU AWAY AND YOU 
NEVER ARGUE?  YOU NEVER SCREAM FOR HELP?  TELL THEM YOU SEE ME BUT NO ONE 
ELSE DOES?  NO ONE WILL BELIEVE YOU, LAURA PALMER... I'M TOO CAREFUL." (pg 85)

(pg 86)
"REMEMBER, LAURA PALMER, I CAN MANIPULATE YOUR CONSCIENCE SO THAT YOU FEEL 
NOTHING BUT WHAT I CHOOSE FOR YOU TO FEEL." 
[further vulgar psychological violence deleted] 

(pg 106)
"AN OWL TOLD ME (what Laura did last night)"

Now Laura's poetry, where she tells us what it is like to be terrorized
by BOB.

(age 12{!}, pg 12)
"From the light in my window he can see into me
But i cannot see him until he is close
Breathing, with a smile at my window
He comes to take me
Turn me round and round
Come out and play  Come play
Lie still  Lie still  Lie still.

Little rhymes and little songs               (one chants out? --mike)
Pieces of the forest in my hair and clothes  (woods = BOB's other world)
Sometimes I see him near me
when I know he can't be there                (BOB appears in visions too)
Sometimes I feel him near me
and I know it is something just to bear.

When I call out
No one can hear me                      (because laura is in another world?)
When I whipser, he thinks the message
Is for him only.
My little voice inside my throat
I always think there must be something
That I've done
Or something I can do
But no one no one comes to help [...]


(pg 20, still age 12.  Similar idea poem on pg 53.)

Inside me there is something 
No one knows about
Like a secret
Sometimes it takes over
And I drift back
Deep into darkness.
This secret tells me                     (BOB terrorized her into silence)
I will never grow older
Never laugh with friends
Never be who I should if I ever reveal Its name.

I cannot tell if it is real
Or if I dream of it
For when it touches me
I drift off
No tears come
No screams
I am wrapped up                           (Perhaps similar to what we see 
In a nightmare of hands                    happening to Maddy with BOB's 
And of fingers                             kisses and caresses.  Feeding?)
And of small tiny voices in the woods     (woods= other world, voices are
[...]                                      spirits like BOB, Mike, Giant)

Other words from Laura about BOB (and the owl{s})

(pg 19)
"   The owls have started hooting.  One of them is just above me in
the tree... Something about him is strange.  I know it is a boy owl,
and I feel like he's watching me.  Each time I look up at him his
head moves like he is quickly turning away from me. [..]
Perhaps he is a bird like in that story I read.  This big bird could
sweep down and rest on someone's shoulder, acting very sweet, but
would then read the persons mind.  If the person was thinking bad thoughts, 
the bird would peck away at the person's eyes and ears so that there would 
only be questions of sound and sight in the person's head, instead of
bad and nasty thoughts.  I dream of flying sometimes.  [..]
I would fly right over Twin Peaks and out over the land beyond it.
I'd never come back if I didn't have to."
(pg 58)

"He wants me to like it, when he is with me.  He wants me to say that 
I am dirty and that I have an odor.  I should be thrown into the river
so I will be clean. (!!)
  [..] He comes to the window, and I see him.  I always see him, and he is
always smiling like we are going to have a good time. (BOB wears a smile)
I am so close to calling my parents for help, but I am afraid of what
would happen.  I can't let anyone know about him.  If I keep seeing him,
he might get tired of me and go away.  Maybe if I stopped fighting
him, he would not like to visit me anymore.  If I weren't afraid.
If I could just not feel afraid..."

There is a vulgar 'chant' on page 58.  There are many references
to Laura's window being a portal through which BOB comes through,
perhaps through which he takes Laura to another world.  Laura
points out many times that BOB only comes at night.  She
says she receives many 'cuts' from BOB.

(pg 70)
"I do not doubt that BOB is aware of my every movement."
"Surgery of a strange and indescribable nature takes place. "

Finally let me say that I think Laura had BOB's child
growing within her.   It's always nice to end a post
on an obscure note. :)  Feel free to mail me feedback on this.


Michael Kaye  horny@ucscb.ucsc.edu  "I AM WHAT YOU FEAR I COULD BE"


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