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(Pg 71) - (Plume edition only) Editing error: On this page, there is a reference to Roland's father, when it really should have been his mother that he was remembering. Also, in the same context, the words "he" and "she" have been reversed as well, showing the editing error for a second time. In all other editions, this error does not appear.

(Pg 102) - When Jake entered Roland's world the first time by dying in his own world, he did not appear in the clothes he had died in. He wore blue jeans with a patch on one knee and a plain brown shirt of rough weave. Also, it appears that Jake has blonde hair, not like the black hair he is shown with in The Waste Lands and Wizard and Glass (as depicted in the artwork that is).

(Pg 111) - Here is the first mention of "the Tower".

(Pg 113) - Again, Jake has blonde hair and blue eyes here.

(Pg 119) - First mention of Aileen and Marten.

(Pg 120) - Here is the old song "Careless Love". This is the same as the song Roland remembers Susan Delgado singing in Wizard and Glass.

(Pg 123) - "Points" was a game of Croquet.

(Pg 133) - We first find out the name of Roland's mother is Gabrielle.

(Pg 134) - Here we first learn that the gunslinger's name is Roland.

(Pg 142-43) - Because later on in Wizard and Glass we learn the Good Man's name is John Farson, we can also see here that there was also a place called Farson as well. Either perhaps the place was named after the man, or the man was named after the place.

(Pg 147) - It makes one assume here that Roland's father, as we later learn who's name is Steven Deschain, was named "Roland" as well. Or perhaps it was just a different way of wording an elders name. Perhaps?

(Pg 148) - Roland's father says he thinks he knows who the Good Man is. Could he suspect John Farson, or could it really be Marten?

(Pg 149) - It says here that in some quarters, Marten was known as the Good Man.

(Pg 164) - "No you won't. Sit yourself Jake." Who's phrase had that been? Some woman Roland doesn't quite remember. Who could she be?

(Pg 167-68) - Here we learn more, at the beginning, about Susan, "lovely girl at the window." Roland remembers watching her burn to death, and later on in Wizard and Glass, we learn just exactly how this came about. However, we also see that Roland remembers differently about how he'd seen it happen. In Wizard and Glass a different memory arises, but here, Roland remembers being held back by two villagers on each side and his neck was in a huge rusty iron collar. In Wizard and Glass, Roland had not witnessed Susan's death personally, but in the pink wizard's glass, while Cuthbert and Alain held him and watched helplessly. Could it be that Roland remembers here of being held back by the two villagers that were really Cuthbert and Alain? Also that his neck was not really dog-caught in an iron collar, but because he screamed himself so hoarse that he remembered it as like a dog collar choking him? However, it should also be noted that this part was just a dream Roland was having. But the question that might arise is why was his dream different than that of the actual events that occurred in Wizard and Glass?

(Pg 175) - Roland says that Cort used to tell him that the Old Gods pissed over the desert and made mescaline; a drug otherwise known as either "the philosopher's stone" or as Jake thought of it, "LSD".

(Pg 184) - Here, the Oracle states that "Marten is no more. The man in black has eaten his soul. This you know." As the series story-line deepens in the following books, this statement might possibly negate the theory that Marten still exists and that Roland might meet him later. However, we later learn this not to be true.

(Pg 186-87) - We see that Jake has no problem using Roland's flint and steel to make a fire, but however in book III, Jake shows the inability to use it properly. The gunslinger then shows him the right way.

(Pg 193) - Here it says that from the fall of Gilead, Roland's homeland, to the time Roland catches Walter, the man in black, twelve years have passed.

(Pg 197) - Again, here it states that Marten is no more. "Yes, they had dragged him down, and there had been gunplay, and even that grape had been bitter." However, with information gleaned from the following books, it seems that Marten was somehow caught or stopped, but managed to escape or flee from Roland and his gunslingers.

(Pg 212) - Roland asks here, "What hand could have held the knife that did my father to his death?" This tells us that Roland's father was killed with a knife by an unknown person. In Wizard and Glass, we find that maybe at one point, Roland's own mother Gabrielle, may have been told to kill her husband with a special knife that would be sent to her, but the plot was foiled by Roland and the knife never reached his mother's hand. So the question arises... Who did kill Steven?

(Pg 215) - Roland has never heard of a train before and most likely that the same goes for a railroad. Here it also tells of how Roland thought of an old hermit who used an old gasoline pump as a totem god and placed the handle between his legs. Jake, later on in The Waste Lands, has an English Final Essay with this fact inserted in it, but it is unclear about how Jake or anyone else came upon that knowledge of Roland's memory. It does not say that Roland told Jake about this.

(Pg 222) - It states here that at the time of Roland's test of man-hood, he was fourteen. It had also been three years since the hanging of Hax, which would have made Roland eleven years old when Hax died.

(Pg 232-33) - Cort's predecessor, his own father Fardo, had died in the yard behind the Great Hall of a stab-wound from an apprentice who had been over-eager to win the battle with his teacher.

(Pg 241) - Before Roland's test of man-hood, his own father Steven, was the youngest ever to call for and win his own test of man-hood at the age of sixteen; two years older than his own son who then became the youngest ever.

(Pg 257) - When Roland sees the mummified remains of people in the subway station under the mountains, he talks about a gas that used to be made that could kill like that. Could this be the same gas talked about later in Wizard and Glass called DEP3?

(Pg 261) - What is "the Feast of Joesph"? Could this be what we know as "Easter"?

(Pg 287) - Walter says that he could never have sent the vision Roland witnessed, to Marten. "He would have come back drooling." Does this mean Walter was really more powerful than Marten, or was Walter not aware that Marten himself was more than he pretended to be?

(Pg 288) - Something to ponder over. Walter says to Roland; "I made your father and I broke him. I came to your mother through Marten and took her." Walter is more entwined in Roland's past than even Roland knows.

(Pg 303) - Roland awakens from his deep sleep after his palaver with Walter to find himself looking ten years older and the man in black, a skeleton himself. This aging process and time passing is very much quite like what Ralph Roberts and Lois Chasse experience in King's novel Insomnia, which of course is tied into the Dark Tower series.





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