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|“||This here is the best car I ever owned. Bought her in September 1957. Back then, that's when you got your new model year, in September. All summer long they'd show you pictures of cars under hoods and cars under tarps until you were fair dyin' t'know what they looked like underneath. Not like now. Brand-new, she was. Had the smell of a brand-new car, and that's about the finest smell in the world. Except maybe for pussy.||„|
|~ Roland to Arnie and Dennis about Christine.|
Roland D. LeBay is the posthumous overarching antagonist of the 1983 horror novel Christine. He's an old hermit and a miser who is notoriously spiteful and angry towards everyone he feels has slighted him or is in his way, and is willing to go to extreme lengths to get his crooked revenge. He was the one responsible for selling the Christine to Arnie Cunningham.
As a teen, Roland D. LeBay burned down the house of a kid who bullied him, killing three of the people inside (including the bully) and severely injuring a little girl, then threatened to kill his little brother George if he told anyone about it.
Also as a teen, he grabbed George when he was sitting on the sidewalk in front of their house and threw him at a fence post, causing him to severely injure his arm, because he was "in his way".
After growing up and joining the military, he continued to call everyone around him "shitters", particularly the Army officials, to the point where he repeatedly got himself demoted by pulling ludicrous stunts and generally being a pain to everyone else around him, just so he wouldn't have the same job as them. While in the military, he got a wife, a lady named Veronica, he immediately made it clear that he only saw her as an object to have sex with and to vent his frustrations to, as he never showed any true affection or kindness to her, preferring to spend all his time in car lots after retiring from the military.
Even after his wife had a daughter, Rita, he continued to ignore them and force them to go with him to car lots, leaving Veronica on her own to read stories to Rita out in the hot sun. George, when recapping the story to Dennis Guilder, even cried when thinking about how Rita must have grown up becoming familiar with the sounds of the car lot, like banners waving and inflatable tube-men flailing.
When Roland found Christine, he "fell in love" with her, even more so than with his own wife or daughter. Afterwards, feeling good, he decided to take Veronica and Rita, the latter of whom was five years old at the time, out to a burger place to get food and celebrate, despite how much Veronica immediately disliked the car. When they began eating, Rita immediately started choking on a piece of burger, this implied to be a vengeful act by Christine to eliminate one of the people standing between her and complete, undivided attention and love from Roland. When she chokes, Roland very half-heartedly tries to save her by slapping her on the back, but eventually gives up and lets her die in the backseat of Christine, claiming it was because "he didn't want her dying in the sun". It's actually theorized later on that this was an act of human sacrifice, with Roland sacrificing Rita to Christine.
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