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Antihero: Corso is thoroughly amoral, and unlike in the movie of the book, doesn't get a final redemption or even a Pet the Dog moment.
Weeeeelll, antihero, I can see as definitely grantable.
But not so much missing a "redemption" or a pet the dog as much as [Whatever a trope for Singlehandedly succeeds in absentmindedly completely grabbing the brass ring] . . . .
In the final page or two of the book, there is:
He stopped in the middle of the square, dazzled, enveloped in blinding sunlight. . . .
. . . the light driving back the dark angles of the ancient city, the shadow of the bell towers, and the pointed arches of the square . . . .
. . . He looked down at the ground as he walked, resigned, ready to bid his own shadow farewell. But there was no shadow at his feet.
Corso is standing in the middle of the square, _early_ morning, with long shadows all around him . . . . and _he_ no longer has any shadow himself . . . .
—-Earlier in the book, the girl does have a shadow . . . but there is also a comment of Corso at that time seeing that shadow just not looking real for some reason . . .
At that moment she wasn’t young. She seemed to be carrying the weariness of the ages: an obscure inheritance, the guilt of others, which he, surprised, couldn’t identify. He thought that maybe neither the shadow across the bed nor the outline against the light was real.
He didn't do any incantations or ritual, all he did was chase a pair of books around. And in doing only that, he gets what everyone trying to use the Nine Gates is looking for . . . .
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