with notes from reader 19
Dictionary.com : unmoved by persuasion, pity, or tender feelings; stubborn; unyielding. stubbornly resistant to moral influence; persistently impenitent: an obdurate sinner.
"Because the past didn’t like to be changed. It was obdurate." -- 11/22/63 (p. 159).
Obdurate–a fascinating word. Not one we hear in everyday conversation.
King plows new ground in 11.22.63 with the concept of time itself being obdurate.
What if time wasn't a thing, like a block of wood or even a machine -- what if it was alive? What if time was insulted when people tried to change it? And, the biggie -- what if it could fight back? What if the time line itself was able to protect itself against time-travelers.
Examine this quote, and notice how the past is indeed alive:
"Because the past is sly as well as obdurate. It fights back. And yes, maybe there was an element of greed involved, too."King also writes,
"The past is obdurate for the same reason a turtle’s shell is obdurate: because the living flesh inside is tender and defenseless." (p. 827) Time protects the people within its shell.
Sadie picks up on the theme and tries to relate to it but she uses the wrong word–malelevolent--instead of obdurate. She hasn't experienced the obdurates of the past the way Jake has! It has beat him to a pulp!
The addition of time having will is something I suspect future writers will pick up on. Watch out, Captain Kirk, next time you go back in time, it might not just be the Klingon's on your tail!
And then there is the Yellow Card man. . .