The Knife of Never Letting Go
Patrick Ness
Contributed by Carey Speaks
Chapter 12

Todd realizes that other men including the Mayor’s son and Aaron accompany the Mayor. He blames himself for not being able to kill Aaron when he had the opportunity. Todd communicated to Viola by opening up his Noise to her and convinced her to run with him. He promises himself that if Aaron catches up with them again, he will kill him. When they get to a bridge, Todd tries to cut off the knots that tie the bridge without any success. The girl then sets the bridge on fire saving them from being captured and she finally introduces herself to Todd as Viola.


The bridge that separates the swamp from the other side of the cliff could be symbolic of the separation between the Prentisstown people and the other settlement. The anger that comes over Todd represents his lost hope and readiness to surrender to his fate and that of Manchee and the girl. Though he punches himself, screams at Viola, and threatening to hurt her, he ultimately stops himself, showing his innocence and ability to resist violence.

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