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The paragraph marked with a * contains adult themes, so viewer discretion is advised.

The ninth of a large ten-part series detailing both the formation and eventual deformation of a strong relationship between Rarity and a kind stranger with the time to give to her. The story focuses on Rarity's fashion career, her rapidly deteriorating lifestyle and the difficulty of looking after a loved one in poor health.

A large inspiration for this story comes from the album Hospice, by The Antlers. I recommend everyone go and listen to that album - it is an incredibly touching concept, and the above artwork is modeled on the album cover.

Artwork courtesy of *polar59
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JundigonStudent Writer
I applaud this incredibly gritty, rough and intimidating chapter.

To start off with, I found the innkeeper and his wife to be, well, to me, strange. They seemed to be rather nice and caring individuals from what the narrator described, but when they seemed to be rather harsh with the bowl of nuts, it made me think that there was something more to that, especially when it seemed like they not only overcharged him for the room, but he has given them a lot of business. That was my impression, at any rate.

Our narrator has sunk to perhaps his most vile and dark thoughts. It's now impossible for him to look upon others without downright despising them. Poor Dr. Tawleed is merely doing his job, but the narrator is firmly convinced that he is a despicable, dirty creature whose only goal is to have sex with Rarity. It's an incredibly sad sight to see him slip into this extremely negative state of mind. His feelings have most certainly twisted themselves and made him almost unrecognizable to the audience. That 'mature' paragraph you marked really drove that home when you hear how absolutely inflammatory his accusations are about . . . well, males in general, it would seem.

The moment with Rarity and the spider was very interesting, as it shows how much a person can change once they've undergone an experience that gives them a different perspective on life. How much one can learn to appreciate the little things, and I personally see a lot of symbolism with Rarity learning to admire that spider. In doing so, it can actually be argued that she has associated herself with the spider when she asks the narrator if she was meant to create beautiful things. Perhaps, she has come to think that, like the spider, she started off as nothing in particular, and as something that most people seem to overlook. Ultimately, it simply takes a person to actually notice the small things and appreciate its beauty. If we are to assume that, then we might also think that perhaps the spider scene was an allusion to how this whole story got started. :)

Seeing this narrative starting to draw to a close is very, very fun to read, as I can tell that word choices and descriptions are becoming more and more intertwined, such as your now more frequent use of words like 'rust,' and 'blood.' These sickening words serve to really grate against the mind as the audience reads over them, thus furthering our gloomy, negative outlook of the situation.

Also, as a side note, I find your name for the Cross' daughter to be intriguing. Farleigh has an interesting ring to it for me. Is that to be pronounced, "Far-lay?" I've seen so many names pronounced so many different ways over the years, if I see one that I'm not readily familiar with, I know nothing is for certain. ^^;

A great job as always! :D
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The innkeeper and his wife are certainly interesting, insofar as the narrator seems to have formed an opinion about them, but they don't seem to be of that same opinion. They are some of the only characters in the narrative who presumably spend a long time with the narrator, and it's interesting to see that they rip him off in spite of this. Despite not being named, they provide a good insight into how the narrator interacts with ponies that aren't a part of the core narrative.

The mature paragraph is certainly the most severe paragraph in the entire Hospice narrative in terms of its graphic description and excessive length. It's truly reflective of how far the narrator has descended into vile thoughts by this stage. There are quite a few references to sex throughout the narrative, most of them fairly subtle and symbolic, and the overall idea that we draw from them can be debated. This paragraph would certainly suggest that the narrator has a very critical opinion on sex, and that he fears that just about every stallion wishes to have sex with Rarity. The real question is, are his dark thoughts based on no evidence, or is he responding as a rightfully jealous lover?

The juxtaposition of the two spider scenes are definitely a point of observation; in the first instance she brushes the spider away, and in the second she takes the time to appreciate the web that it has made. Following her observation where she states:

"It's the webs..." she said softly. "They are naturally born to make intricate designs that are impossible to mimic. I read once that no two spider webs are the same."

It's clear that she's drawing a comparison between the webs and herself. The spider is capable of making beautiful things, as Rarity is naturally capable of doing so; furthermore, a spider creates a web by necessity, and Rarity had reached a stage where she couldn't bring herself to stop working. One of the biggest points of the narrative is how the narrator took the time to invest in Rarity - I can certainly see how the spider would link to the beginning of the narrative and how the narrator noticed her potential.

I'm glad that the language is noticeable to you. In the final chapter, especially the second part, almost every line has been meticulously worded to allude to previous chapters and greater meanings. It'll be fun to see what you can draw out of it. I look forward to seeing your opinion on the final part of Hospice!

As for Farleigh Cross, it's interesting that you aren't yet sure of how to pronounce the name, as neither is the narrator - he is seeing words on a page as well, rather than her name spoken out-loud. When she makes another appearance in the future, he himself will struggle with saying her name correctly. The pronunciation can either be 'Far-lee' or 'Far-lay'.
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JundigonStudent Writer
I think the narrator's opinion on sex is rather interesting, and I'm certainly of the opinion that, while his thoughts might not be totally unfounded, he's taken his paranoia too far. From my perspective, the narrator has become a control-freak that has gone beyond just being overprotective. Most of what he considers to be infallible facts about other stallions wanting to have sex with Rarity have been the mere result of rumors, or even attempts to get him rattled, such as when he was conversing with Gazette. After that, I feel that it was his own mind that twisted it into a much bigger situation than it really is, or ever was, for that matter. My reasoning is rather simple, and that's that the narrator would probably rejoice if Dr. Tawleed were to simply drop dead, as evidenced by his absolute, utmost disdain for the poor fellow, when there really isn't much evidence that the narrator would normally feel that way to a medicinal practitioner.

Ah, so I see the name Farleigh isn't even set in stone yet in the story. I'm going to have fun finding out the official pronunciation. It's just a thing I have with people; I want to make sure I can pronounce their names correctly. :)

I'm very excited to read the final chapter of Hospice! It's been a fantastic read so far, so I can't wait to see how it ends! :D
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The narrator's paranoia is certainly at the extreme end of the spectrum. He's very over-protective and seems to require Rarity, and he casts judgement against other ponies seemingly without evidence. And yet, if we piece bits together we can at least infer that something might be happening in the background; it has been mentioned that Mr. Orange's wife left him. Although we don't know why, if we couple this with the secretive letters that he's been sending to Rarity, it does in some way suggest that there may be more to their interaction than is apparent on the surface. You'll have to keep an eye out for his opinion on Tawleed - with any luck, it'll change before the end!

Farleigh is going to be an incredibly important character in the future, so it's definitely important to get her name correct. I plan, at some point, on doing an audio version of Hospice for people who deserve to listen to a story than read it. In that I'll be reading out the tale, hopefully, and so you'll hear official pronunciations there. I look forward to seeing you at the end of the narrative!
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JundigonStudent Writer
Ah, yes, it is rather confusing exactly how to acknowledge Mr. Orange. It had been said that he had a divorce due to a business disagreement, but how can anypony know that's not just your run-of-the-mill coverup? I enjoy the amount of mystery that pervades this narrative, and it's fun to speculate just what's going on, or what's going to happen. :)

Speaking of his opinion of Tawleed changing, I just finished the first half of the finale, so I'm going to talk about that in my specific comment on the installment. I will say this right now, though, I really liked it! :D

An audiobook of Hospice? I smell awesome. :D
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Indeed the 'business disagreement' could easily be a cover-up. It's unlikely that an important pony like Orange would announce his officials reasons for his divorce as being an affair, if that was indeed the case. Certainly, the ambiguity of it all opens up many potential avenues that are hinted at without being blatantly elaborated upon.

I shall check out your more extensive comment on the following chapter - needless to say, I'm glad that you liked it!
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JundigonStudent Writer
Of course, good sir! I'm very happy to have read this narrative.

I'm in the process of typing my review of the next chapter as we speak, and it shall be available shortly. :)
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TurkeySMHobbyist Writer
Hmm, hmm...this was good. Like all your other chapters, this installment had its moments that reflect your creativity and capabilities as a writer. I will note right here and now that I did not find anything I found confusing or disagreeable; to me this installment was flawless. So, on to my list of things that I liked about this penultimate part:

I liked the innkeeper and his family, as I suspect that the husband and wife weren't as noble or kind as the narrator made them out to be. Those small conflicting details do bring me a sense of elation as I see discrepancies between what is seen and what is there.
The spider/spider web thing was lovely as well. Just as the pillow motif from the last part, this small detail that reflects Rarity's changing views is a lovely use of writing creativity. I found that the carrot cake was also a parallel to the spider/spider web, with Rarity not liking it in the past and then liking it in the present. Another nice little thing to notice.
Rarity herself was very much an interesting sight, being that we are looking at the narrator's view of her and not objectively. The overworking in the first half of the chapter that easily transitions to the dying condition in the second half, regardless of the months in-between, was a very interesting description to read. I could almost imagine a "breaking-down" montage of sorts with Rarity working herself to her collapse in the narrator's old neighborhood.
Dr. Tawleed is a wonderful character as always. He's very much the opposite of the innkeeper, being much more kind and concerned than the narrator gives him credit for. The narrator's insistence on demonizing the poor doctor is both humorous and a little concerning at the same time. Regardless, the idea of the discrepancy between a view and the reality is always interesting to see. And before I forget, I love how the narrator just cannot remember Tawleed's name, be it on purpose or just because he doesn't care for it; it's very amusing. I could almost see the scene differently if Tawleed was more of a sitcom arch nemesis where the narrator would hiss "Taawleeed" every time he met him.
Oh yes, there were the issues of time and control that the narrator brought up. I actually don't have much to say here thematically, I just like your wording in those paragraphs. In a sense, your wording is what made those two thematic items stand out.
And the narrator himself. I saved him for last of course, seeing as how he is the masterpiece of your work. One thing I found humorous was his admiration of Rarity's resolve when she had just removed the spider from her home. It wouldn't seem so out of place if he described her evicting the spider with the wording of a mock epic. But besides that small point, the narrator was annoying, jealous, and clingy to me before the hospitalization, and these aspects of his were portrayed realistically, making him very likable. However, his mental breakdown is far worse and much more noticeable than Rarity's physical collapse, and this irony is a very good example of your writing talent, at least in my humble opinion. The string of curses he imagines towards the doctor and apparently tells Rarity in unseen scenes shows how his jealousy is starting to grow to ridiculous lengths. I could imagine that if Tawleed wasn't a doctor for Rarity, the narrator would smother him with a pillow too. His panic regarding the idea of evidence after reading the newspaper is a good followup to last chapter's events, as his criminal's paranoia is starting to set in. The slightly scary thing about this degradation of his character is that, it too, is portrayed realistically, at least to me. I've never been in a situation like the narrator's, but I find that his mental instability does bring some disturbed emotion out of me, and I commend you for creating a work that touches its readers. Hmm, the narrator's description of Rarity at the end of the chapter was also very interesting. His view that she is but a mere impersonation at this point brings to mind that a corpse is in the bed rather than Rarity herself. Anyway, I cannot think of any more praises to sing at this point, so I will leave it at that. The narrator is excellent, in his own disturbing way, as always.
I have to apologize, the narrator actually wasn't the last thing I was going to bring up; I just remembered something. The "red crosses" line at the makes me think of Mr. Cross. Perhaps his surname was chosen with much more thought and meaning than I once realized.

You've written beautifully once again! I have to apologize here again that I am rather late in reviewing your work. I have some aggravating exams coming up, so I've been a little distracted. Haha, work distracting me from enjoyment... Anyway, I commend you for your beautiful writing skill, and I trust that I will see it in work again in your final installment. Forgive me for my wording, but my expectations are very high in that you will outdo yourself in the last segment in a way that finishes the story with proper justice! As always, and not for the last time, I look forward to the next installment.
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This is a mammoth of a comment! Thanks! Now to delve into it...

The presence of the innkeeper and his wife was to give us an insight into how the narrator sees strangers, as most of the time he only observes in detail those close to him. It's clear from the rather odd events - them taking nuts from him/overcharging him - that he is oblivious to their true feelings regarding him. The implication is also that the fillies may not even be at school, the parents might just be keeping them at bay from the narrator.

At this stage, we are finding more and more situations where Rarity is having juxtaposed feelings to emphasise how she is changing. So the web, for example, works insofar as she stops looking at the spider - the physical thing creating the design - and instead focuses on the design itself. This mirrors her, to an extent. Furthermore, the carrot cake suggests that Doctor Tawleed is a positive presence, and that in his company she can learn to like new things. With the narrator, it appears to be the other way around; she hates more and more.

Rarity having a breaking-down montage would be interesting to see; I'm glad that you could visualise such a situation even without being able to physically witness it. As for Tawleed, I'm glad that you like his characterisation: there is humour in the narrator's view of him - always presenting him in a negative way - but there's also that underlying sinister element to it. The narrator clearly hates Tawleed, despite the fact that he does nothing but care for Rarity. It's interesting to approach the narrative from the perspective of a sitcom; it would certainly be amusing indeed if he was a comical love-rival. I hadn't thought of that, but I can certainly see it as a compelling alternate-universe.

Calling the narrator the 'masterpiece' of the work is a great compliment, and I thank you for it immensely. Whilst the fiction is always described with Rarity in mind, the narrator is of equal importance, and, in many respects, greater importance to the narrative. It's interesting how you say that the narrator was likable despite being jealous and clingy. I'm curious: do you think that the narrator has any positive facets to his behaviour? If so, what do you consider them to be? I'm interested about how he works as a good character and a protagonist when he has done such terrible things.

That the narrator brings out disturbed emotions in you is great. The narrator's situation very much hangs on a thread by this point. The next story after Hospice will certainly make further emotional demands of the reader, so if you're willing to invest the time in it when it surfaces, I'm sure you'll find it to have just as much of an impact.

As for the 'red crosses' line, you are correct in thinking of Mr. Cross. If you look back to 'Hospice I', the beginning prologue speech makes mention of the red crosses: [Taken from the first paragraph of the narrative]

Before diving into this, I think some background would be useful. When she was young, she had dreams. Dreams of shining and of making others shine. She made herself and others look beautiful; for that initial interim she held high. When she fell (south of Ponyville, Old Manehattan-land) her dreams became nightmares, seizing her by the hoof and never letting go. She was taken and put into a bed of rust and red crosses. I was one of the few who had the time to give. She wanted me dead but it pained her to see me walk out those sliding doors.

Needless to say, the planning behind the narrative was extensive, and you've managed to pick out the precise details well. I'm extremely fortunate to have such a loyal and dedicated reader as yourself.

Good luck with your exams (if you haven't sat them already!) and I hope that the last part of Hospice will live up to expectations!
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TurkeySMHobbyist Writer
Haha, your response is almost as mammoth-like as my comment! I thank you for your time in going through my ramblings. In exchange for your response, allow me to indulge in a little bit more rambling:
Hmm, you pretty much confirm my suspicions regarding the innkeeper and his wife; it's quite depressing to think that there are such people in the sugar bowl that is Ponyville.
Your words regarding Rarity's feelings and receptiveness to those around her does give me an idea of how poisonous of a friend/companion the narrator was. Conversely, it also allows me to see how good Tawleed is to Rarity.
I'm very pleased that you're complimented by my "masterpiece" remark. I really do think that the narrator is the central key to the story at this point. In my eyes, Rarity's active, direct significance to the plot lessened as she become more ill, and now that she's a rather immobile patient, she affects the story more as an artifact or some sort of coveted item. Now that I think of it, she is very much the One Ring that helps to drive the Gollum-like narrator go mad, though unintentionally I'm sure. And speaking of the narrator's crazed state, I think I shall directly answer your questions at this point.
I do think that the narrator did have one positive facet to his behavior in the first chronological half of the story. I think that his love for Rarity back when it was more pure was this single positive aspect of his character. As he degrades himself into a bottomless pit of jealousy and obsessive desire, his love for Rarity becomes more of a poison that feeds his terrible actions. In turn, he becomes the already mentioned poisonous companion who draws out Rarity's hatred. He works as a good character and protagonist even though he has done such terrible things because those terrible things show how flawed, broken, and demented he can be in his worst state. He is compelling is what I think I'm trying to say. And because his breakdown is presented rather realistically, he definitely becomes a character that is enjoyed in fiction, but is extremely undesirable in reality. He's almost like a realistic version of Darth Vader; starting out good but letting mishaps in love transform him into a villainous figure.
Moving away from the narrator, I'm glad that I was correct in referring to Mr. Cross. The paragraph you bring up does remind me of the foreshadowing you've been giving since the beginning. I really do like it when one has to remember back to see the importance of events.

I am very grateful and humbled by your praises regarding my loyalty and dedication. I feel that such things are natural when one who loves reading stumbles upon a masterpiece such as this. I also thank you for your good wishes regarding my exams. I have two more that are breathing down my neck, and I should be studying for them rather than responding to your response, but anyway...
I'm quite sure that the tenth part will be just as good as you say it will be, and I will definitely be there to see this story to its conclusion.

Oh yes, before I forget, I'm still open to any updates regarding your work for the visual novel. I'm interesting in seeing how that turns out as well.
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I think one of the main themes of the narrative, apart from the countless other readings, is that the narrator never really fits in. Chapter X will explain that in a more literal sense than any other, so watch out for that! But in terms of the innkeeper and his wife, they seem to be motivated by money, which creates an interesting comparison with the narrator himself.

Now, Tawleed and the narrator represent different sides of the spectrum; the final chapter will again reveal more about their interaction during the final month, so that will give further context to Tawleed. Needless to say, Tawleed is possibly an alternate version of the narrator; one that he wishes he could be and a true polar-opposite.

Whilst I didn't have the One Ring in mind with Rarity, I can see the obvious comparisons: she is an object that the narrator has itemized and obsesses over, steadily losing sanity as he does. As for the behaviour of the narrator, I agree that he had a more positive influence nearer the beginning of the narrative, before he became obsessive and aggressive. The contrast between the purity of love and the jealousy of love is an interesting observation that carries weight throughout the narrative - no doubt the more the narrator comes to accept that he loves Rarity, the less his feelings towards her resemble actual love. His fall from grace seems to adhere somewhat to the femme fatale trope, although it is somewhat inverted as Rarity doesn't consciously manipulate the narrator. As for looking back at the narrative, it'll be interesting when the final chapter comes to a close to read over it again; I'm personally looking forward to how people read it when piecing it together in a chronological order, as it somewhat changes the representation of the narrator.

You give me a lot of credit with the word 'masterpiece' again, and I'm truly grateful to have a reader like yourself (as much as I've said that, it's true!). I'm hoping that the follow-up to Hospice will be just as engaging (I've got fifteen pages of notes written out and it's coming along nicely). If you've sat those exams now, all the best with them and let me know how you do when results day comes around.

As for the visual novel, all is good - demo should be out by the end of March, so there will be more on that in the future.
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Interesting chapter, seeing the protagonists mind as he slowly unravels with a combination of grief and despair at loosing Rarity and guilt over what he did is very compelling, the kind of thing you know you shouldn't watch but you can't look away from either. I'm looking forward to the finale with great anticipation
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Thanks a lot for that! I'm glad that the chapter is engaging!
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Every single chapter, I hope to see an entry closer to the end mark.
While the further away the date is, the event is generally more lighthearted (Generally), but I feel that the closer it gets to the 'end', the stronger their feelings show, their fears, their quirks and manias. Like FredAFKTH said, this is mostly about time and love-- in the beginning, there's little emphasis on time (inside the narrative, not so much the dates) but more on the development on love. But it's when time becomes an issue that everything else suddenly becomes a lot more pressing, which leads me to my previous statement.

You have no idea how much I'm waiting for the finale. (On an unrelated note, I decided to splurge a little bit and get a new game, and was about to play but decided to check EQD and saw this updated... "Fuck videogames, Hospice updated." All I'm saying... XD)
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Sorry for depriving you from your game! Hopefully the next entry won't be during such a vital time of your day! Hearing that you're excited for the finale, however, is incredibly humbling and I thank you for the time that you give to the narrative. Now that time is running out, things have certainly become more heated. A lot of people seem to be curious as to why we're still a month away from the end of the countdown despite being as close as we are from the end. I guess we'll just have to wait and see!

Thanks again!
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On the contrary, reading Hospice is now a vital time of my day.
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FredAFKTHStudent General Artist
The ending's close, and ever chapter gets better.

"It'll be good if you're living there," he responded. "Miss Rarity has been looking awfully thin of late. Maybe you can get some colour and food back into her? She'll work herself to death one of these days."

I see what you did there. It was a nice touch.

Nevertheless, the real epicness of this chapter lies in the talk about love, and about time, wich are two recurring elements in this story.

Love, as said by Rarity: ""Do you think that love needs to be said, then?" she questioned. "Or if two ponies are in love, is it not something that is felt rather than spoken?""
Is something nopony was looking for, yet they found it in each other (at least the protagonist), and eventually defined what he did for Rarity, or for himself. And Rarity's love for her work also led her to how she is now.

Time, as said by the protagonist: "Clocks lie. They don't just sit on the wall and tick away without judgement; they observe our greatest insecurities, and when we are at our most vulnerable they slow down in order to make every agonising moment eat away at us like vultures upon carrion."
Every chapter has a date, that takes us forward and back through the story. And, of course, Rarity's time left.

Both were great ideas, and really got me thinking about the theme. If you wanted your work to be seen more psychological, congratulations, you made it. I could write a paper upon this...but I don't have psychology class anymore....

I think you alse made a point come through with Rarity's change of view over spiders. At first, she never stopped to see their webs, and only saw the spiders, and hated them. Now, when her time is almost over, she managed to look farther away from the spider, and onto the beautiful work they make. It talkes a lot about how perspectives change, when situations change.

Upon the events that happened in Trottingham, the lingering feeling of being captured adds a nice feeling of realism to all this.

Finally, in "1 Month, 1 Day", the narrator tells Rarity she will be free. Although I could infer what he could mean, you let us now that he meant free from the confinement in the hospital.

All in all, the chapters keep getting better and better, I can't wait for the next chapter, and see how all this ends, I'm sure it will be great. (Also, I look forward to your writing in Gentlecolt Colaborations.)
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Thanks for the wonderful comments!

The scene with the innkeeper and his wife seems somewhat extraneous at first, but its significance comes from the fact that this is the first time that the narrator has interacted with characters that aren't at all vital on a plot level. These are unnamed strangers that represent Ponyville; it is interesting how he tells them that he and Rarity are together, as it explains to an extent how the narrator presents himself to others.

Love is certainly a large focus of the text, and to me it seems to be the primary force that drives the narrative. While the narrator drifts between denial and acceptance that he loves Rarity, by this point we've seen him define his love for Rarity in two explicit ways: he has admitted to strangers, to an extent, that he cares deeply for her, and to Doctor Tawleed when questioned he admitted to loving her. Sadly, he has yet to admit his feelings to Rarity herself.

Time, on the other hand, is certainly a major theme of the narrative structure of Hospice. Every date requires us to pinpoint an exact moment in time, but there are subsequent dates that aren't delved into deeper. We might be told that Rarity is going away for a couple of weeks, or that something bad happened a couple of days ago. It is up to us to fill in blanks as to what happened during these periods of time. I'm glad that you could feasibly write a paper on Hospice - as self-gratifying as it sounds, I would love to see someone try that once the narrative has ended. If you ever get the time to write a psychological essay on the text, I'd love to hear more about your readings on the characters and the narrative itself.

Rarity's view on spiders is a noteworthy image that naturally juxtaposes these two passages. It is certainly of metaphorical significance: you seem to have deduced well the intention of their inclusion. When Rarity still has time and doesn't necessarily know the severity of her condition, she views the spider as a peripheral problem that must be solved. She doesn't acknowledge the web, but the spider upon the web. In the second passage, as you say, the spider is no longer present, but the beautiful web remains; this mimics Rarity's own absence from making her dresses now that Mr. Orange can make them from her plans. There's also the comment made by Rarity in relation to spiders:

"They are a sign of unclean conditions. A home containing spiders is no home of mine."

This literally signifies that the hospice is no home to her. There are a few other references to previous entries as well in this chapter, so if you ever get a chance to read over Hospice again you may pick up some other allusions. The narrator's comments about the snowflake, for example, has been made before.

1 Month, 1 Day is certainly a surreal and interesting entry. It'll be interesting to see how the final month plays out. Thanks once again for the extensive comment!
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I felt the smell of impending death from the second half of the passage. Given that there is only one word that explicitly describes how the narrator felt about smell, scent or odor, I guess it must have come from your descriptions. Very amazing.

It will be another long wait before seeing the events that will unfold after 1 month.
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Thanks for the comment. The entire 1 Month, 9 Days entry is riddled with sensory imagery based on touch, smell, sound and taste. It's a vicious passage, to be sure, and I hope that the following events will be as applauded as what has come so far.
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