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Thanks for the reply. My take: The Mist is an exploration of existential nihilism--the creeping fear that comes with the knowledge that we probably live in an uncaring universe without meaning or order (such is the basis of much of the work of H.P. Lovecraft, btw). This fear becomes salient to the people in the market when the Mist and it's horrors descend on them. They struggle in vain to make sense of the situation--"What is this mist? "Does it go on forever?" "How could a loving god in a just universe inflict something so terrible upon us?", etc. They don't really want to know the answers because they sense the truth, and it scares the hell out of them. Some people in the market, like those in ancient times who had similar fears about the uncontrollable and destructive natural forces around them, resort to human sacrifice as a means of "appeasing the gods"--a vain attempt to restore some measure of the order they'd known before (a false comfort is better than none at all, or so goes the reasoning). Others, like those who escape in the jeep decide that perhaps it's better to stare the void in the face and take their chances. I'll grant you that their ultimate fate seemed pointless and cruel, but that's exactly it. The point was there is no point. The ending served to underscore the horror of knowing that there's no one "up there" looking out for us, which is why I felt that it was perfect for the movie. Just my two cents anyway.
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Dark brown is the river,
Golden is the sand.
It flows along for ever,
With trees on either hand.

Green leaves a-floating,
Castles of the foam,
Boats of mine a-boating--
Where will all come home?

On goes the river
And out past the mill,
Away down the valley,
Away down the hill.

Away down the river,
A hundred miles or more,
Other little children
Shall bring my boats ashore.
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I used to play a prank on people. Back in my gum-chewing days when I was a kid, I'd get some gum that came in foil wrappers (Big Red - don't know if they sell it anymore.) I'd take a piece out of the wrapper for myself, and then carefully re-fold the wrapper so that it looked like it still contained the gum. Then I'd give people the empty wrapper.
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