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  1. Tell us more about the stick

    • It’s a very nice stick, Dom!

      But, if you’re seriously asking, my first instinct is to relate it to the scythe carried by the grim reaper. Given how much Mrs. McCormick takes on the visuals of Death, it’s not too much of a reach. Then, of course, that very stick is used to fish Dominic’s body. By Mrs. McCormick. Which connects the stick to mortality all the more. And adds some bleak bleak irony. I can see it being one of those things where a scythe is so on the nose. So McDonagh wouldn’t want to do that. Instead, you go with a slant reference. Something that’s in the vein of but not exactly it. Out of context, you might never make a connection. But with additional context, you can see how a stick with a hook takes on the characteristics of the grim reaper’s scythe.

      I’m not sure how much I’d stand behind that as a reading. But just saying that it’s the first thing that came to mind when you asked.

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