Tic offers Christina the important thing from Hiram’s orrery in trade for info on spellcasting. He doesn’t know what that key means for Christina, however it places her one step nearer to her targets, which can also be one step nearer to no matter her plans are for him. Leti asks Christina to present Tic invulnerability in trade for negatives of the pages, however Christina refuses, providing to make Leti (and her unborn little one?) invulnerable as a substitute. Leti ought to have prioritized herself within the first place, on condition that she’s suffered as a lot or greater than Tic —she fucking died! Which she reminds him of — however Christina offers her the Mark of Cain. Leti is instantly rewarded when Lancaster and his goons shoot up Winthrop Home in the hunt for the orrery, bullets deflect off of her.
Christina now has the important thing and the pages, and her lifelong information of magic places her above and past something Tic n’em can conjure in opposition to her. However that doesn’t imply Tic is powerless. When he and Montrose solid a spell for defense, it manifests on the good time as a guard monster of Tic’s very personal, just like the shoggoths that guard Ardham. The beast savages Lancaster’s squad, which is really a *chef’s kiss* second of pure violent delight, then heels to Tic, it’s grasp. It’s a bonkers scene, and so satisfying. I don’t know if it’ll ever get previous. However now Tic and Leti need to take care of… All of that.
There are too many heroes and never sufficient of us saying, “however what about me?” and that is what makes Ruby so refreshing. She cares about issues, certain, however she cares about herself most. That’s maybe why she and William join like they do, as a result of they’re each adamant about getting what they need. After the viewing, Ruby goes to William’s home, the place he bathes her, and so they have intercourse—after she takes the potion to develop into Hillary— and it’s a grisly, decadent scene. Ruby later tells Christina, “immediately of all days, I didn’t need to be a Black lady fucking a white man.” Which Christina refutes, “you took that potion trigger even on immediately you’re a lady who needed what she needed.” Each issues are most likely true, and that contradiction makes Ruby a dynamic and thrilling character.
Ruby lastly confesses to Leti what she is aware of about magic, and her relationship with sometimes-William Christina. She tells Leti, “I lastly bought that job at Marshall Fields and you understand what I discovered. I don’t wanna be white. I’m simply sick of forgiving each house that I enter trigger it’s not for me. I need to create my very own house.” Which is a phrase. “I can try this with magic, Christina’s gon’ educate me.” Now this… that is naive at finest, blatantly silly at worse, however Ruby has gotten the whole lot she’s been promised to date, so it is smart she trusts Christina’s phrase. What’s unclear in the mean time is what Christina will get out of the association. That is perhaps answered by Christina’s actions later within the episode. Perhaps she… cares?
Like “A History of Violence,” this can be a stable episode soured closely by one egregious alternative that takes away from the whole lot that comes earlier than it. Christina, for causes unknown—however perhaps in an try to really feel empathy?— pays two white males to brutalize her within the actual means Emmett Until was, all the way down to being dragged right into a river. She emerges 5 seconds later principally unscathed, apart from ache and bruising on her stomach, however that is simply… gratuitous violence that doesn’t do justice to Bobo, or serve Christina. We get pleasure from violence on Lovecraft Nation as a result of it’s earned. White of us who try to homicide, and rape, and in any other case abuse, are given rapid karmic justice. Christina is a villain, however the particular violence she perpetuates on herself is faraway from that context, so it looks like mockery, not a respectful ode or nod to Emmett Until.