| Quote #10
In some vague way, to abandon the McNab boys would be to abandon something in himself. He couldn't shake the suspicion that deep inside Russell and Piper McNab, in the prayer-dark seed of their kidhoods, they were identical to Hester and Lester Beale. But they were spoiling, rotting, from the outside in, like a pair of peaches in the sun. Soon, unless he, unless somebody did something, the rot would reach the pit. (40.10)
So Maniac gets it: everybody has a chance—no one is unsavable. At least to a point. Is Maniac right—is there still time for Russell and Piper, or is it already too late? And can Maniac actually save them?