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Lola: Uh, I'm sure the answer to this is no, but... can you, like, ferry us out of here.

Sam: That-- depends. Where do you wanna go?

Lola: Um. Home. Topside. Earth, if--if-if that's-if that's possible.

Sam: Home. Mm. 'The props assist the house, until the house is built--' Yeah, doctors do warn that you don't get to take the drapes when that fastball catches the side of your head.

Milo: You're saying we're stuck here, she's saying we're stuck here--

Sam: No, it's, it's just-- it's a tall order, that's all.

Afterparty (a PC game)

Lola and Milo are stuck in hell. They are asking Sam, a cab driver(a demon), whether he could take them back to earth.

How can I interpret the part in bold? How does it show they are stuck there?

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I hazard a guess.

book mango 418The props assist the house, until the house is built--'

The demon makes a reference to Emily Dickinson's poem which uses building a house as a metaphor for the development of one's soul; becoming an independent person.

book mango 418you don't get to take the drapes

It refers again to a house, a home, at the point when you sell it and move out. The drapes will not fit a different house, so you shouldn't take them with you. Often the new owner will ask the previous owner to leave the drapes behind. The "doctor" in this case says that you do not have the chance to take things with you when you depart... in other words, die, like the soul leaving the body

book mango 418doctors ...when that fastball catches the side of your head.

This is a reference to American baseball. The fastball is a violent and fast pitch. If it hits your head, it can kill you.

I think the demon is saying that getting back home is like trying to take your treasured possessions with you after you die.

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book mango 418How can I interpret the part in bold? How does it show they are stuck there?

It's the first line of a poem by Emily Dickenson. It is easy to find it online. I can't make heads or tails of it or its reference here. He is a demon, remember, so he doesn't have to make sense.

Here is the whole transcript for the game. https://afterparty.fandom.com/wiki/Afterparty_Transcript

If you search "can you get us out" and then click it, you will find the quote.


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