The White Mountains Setting & Symbolism

John Christopher and Samuel Youd
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Mr. Parker's Wristwatch

Will Parker's father owns a wristwatch - it is the only watch in Wherton and is a mark of wealth and distinction. The watch was made many years ago during the Black Ages and is inscribed 'Anti-Magnetique Incabloc'. A clockmaker from Winchester services the watch once every three years and it is otherwise kept locked away. To Will, the watch symbolizes the unknown past and its allure is very strong. Months later, Will acquires and subsequently loses his own wristwatch in an event symbolic of Will's continuing voyage into manhood.

Cap

When individuals reach the age of fourteen they are 'Capped'. The Cap is composed of a flexible mesh of metallic wires and is placed directly onto and into the shaved head by the Tripods. The Cap is fused into the head by a network of small wires that extend downwards through the skin. After...

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