Liz wrote: Mountain Girl
This is WAY off topic, but has anyone seen Lady Killers? That name Mountain Girl is in it.......
so sorry for the off topic-ness.
On the topic of HST and women....I agree with several of you. I think that the women in the book were used as reality. I think the way he used the waitress in a dramatic, climatic way, but to show that Gonzo had anger. Lucy was used to sort of present the issue of paranoia(HA! other question...) that Duke was paranoid or fearful might be a better word that she would let leak information that they did something to her, or let alone had anything to do with her. This to me showed how human Lucy was, how her alone really could change the book. What if she did tell the police about them? She was a challenge for them I think. As for Cameron Diaz's character, she was also meant for reality, I think because her stepping into the elevator being ignored showed how they were so full of drugs, that they couldn't really notice a pretty girl trying to brag.
As lumineuse said, I think you do have to keep in mind it is a novel, and some of it true/not true. I agree with the Stephen King aspect too, because he writes about alot of crazy stuff. That doesn't mean he buries woman in his corn field.
Of course that could be why no one eats Stephen King's corn.
I hope this is right, if anyone cares to elaborate or correct me, feel free, because I might not have analyzed this right....