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"[Y]ou'll see my marks everytime you look in the mirror. And everytime you go looking for a little strange in one of the bars, you'll remember how you got bitten by a rattlesnake."
—Andi, thinking about her victim as she carves his face[source]

Snakebite Andi is an antagonist in Doctor Sleep, and the freshest Turn of The True Knot. Her Rube name was Andrea Andi Streiner. She was Turned in the 80's, at age 32, when the True found her sleeper abilities to be useful. She had been using them to rob men she met in bars, after they agreed to take her out to a movie. Afterwhich, she would mutilate them with exaggerated 'snake fangs' on their faces. Prior to meeting Rose the Hat and her Turning, she considered her self Asexual[1], likely due to her abuse and living in a small town. After her Turning, she had a brief sexual relationship with Rose, other women in of the True, before having a long term relationship with Silent Sarey[2].

Early Life

As a child, Andi had been sexually abused by her father since she was eight years old. She remembers him saying "If they're old enough to pee, they're old enough for me,"[3]. Because of this she has a strong hatred for, and distrust of, men. When she was older, she killed him with her mothers knitting needles, by stabbing him in the crotch and then his eyes. At some point, she got a tattoo of a rattlesnake on her upper arm, with exaggerated fangs and poison dripping from one. This, and her habit of engraving men with those fangs, are what her True name comes from. She likes movies for their escapism [4], and would make the men trying to pick her up in bars pay for her way to them before she made them sleep, robbed them, and scarred them. Part of why she scars them is so that they have to explain themselves to the women in their lives[5], she assumes she has picked wealthy old men who have wives and children. The last movie she saw before her Turning, where Rose, Barry the Chink, and Grampa Flick picked her up, was Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Life with The True Knot

After her Turning, she slept with Rose once, and seems to have tried to start a relationship with her[6], before moving on to others in the True. She had been with Silent Sarey for nearly a decade before 2013. She, along with Barry the Chink, Jimmy Numbers, Crow Daddy, and Walnut were apart of the small party to capture Abra Stone. She was the last to die of the three who made it to cloud gap, killed by blunt force trauma to the head, breaking her jaw and causing brain bleeding, by John Dalton[7]. She tells them that Crow Daddy left the party in Anniston, New Hampshire, after Dan Torrance forces her jaw back to place, though she has already started cycling heavily.

Film

In the film adaption, Andi is instead a 15 year old girl, who dresses cleanly, lacks her tattoo, and seems to lure men into movie theaters through online ads. She, according to Rose, is the first they have turned in 40 years. She doesn't appear to enjoy the movies as much as she leaves soon after robbing and cutting the man, and while still attracted to Rose, does not pursue a relationship with her, nor Silent Sarey. She is still the last to die on the away team to pick up Abra, and manages to get Billy to kill himself while she cycles. Her ability is also expanded, due to the short number of members there are in the True Knot, to being a "Pusher" rather than just a "sleeper". Instead of being able to tell people to sleep, how deeply, and what to dream of, she can convince them to do a host of things. She is the one who convinces Baseball Boy to get into the van and to trust them rather than Barry the Chink.

Quotes

"Fucking Men. Fucking Rubes."
―Andi's last words[src]

References

  1. Prefatory Matters Rattlesnake, Section 6, Doctor Sleep
  2. Chapter 14 Crow, section 9, Doctor Sleep
  3. Prefatory Matters Rattlesnake, Section 1, Doctor Sleep
  4. Prefatory Matters Rattlesnake, Section 1, Doctor Sleep
  5. Prefatory Matters Rattlesnake, Section 6, Doctor Sleep
  6. Chapter 5 The True Knot, Section 2, Doctor Sleep
  7. Chapter 13 Cloud Gap, Section 15 & 16, Doctor Sleep
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