OMFG. I’m debuting this print at ECCC ~today~ in Seattle! I’ll list it on etsy soon, too. I adore this movie, and actually adore the book even more–but I’ll do a separate poster for the book, because it is sooo different and shouldn’t be in 80s-vision.
Can anyone explain this passage from The Neverending Story to me?
It runs like this:
“Falkor,” Atreyu asked, “do you suppose the Childlike Empress cares what becomes of Bastian?”
“Maybe not,” said Falkor. “She draws no distinctions.”
“Then,” said Atreyu, “she is really a …”
“Don’t say it,” Falkor broke in. “I know what you mean, but don’t say it.”
And I want to know what they’re talking about. I’ve asked this question before and been told things like “Maybe we’re not supposed to know what they meant by that,” but I feel like there’s one really specific word or concept that must go there and I don’t know what it is. And if I did know, it would make sense, but not knowing, it doesn’t. And it’s been sort of lurking in the back of my mind making me think (but pretty futilely, because I can never come up with the answer to this riddle) ever since I first read the book as a teenager.
So does anyone know what was meant here? Either the word, or the concept even? Preferably a word, but even a concept would be better than nothing.