I hate this chapter. Hate it hate it hate it hate it. All those warm fuzzies from last chapter? Gone. This is pretty much the only time I truly sympathize with Gollum -- how betrayed he must feel when Frodo coaxes him closer and then strange men pop a bag over his head and tie him up. It's awful! Hate it! Yeah, yeah, it's necessary for the plot and whatever. But I'm still sitting here glaring.
When Faramir says "I will declare my doom" (p. 675) to Frodo and then says he's going to let Frodo and Sam and Gollum go free, I always took that to meant that he was dooming himself to death if Frodo and Co. didn't behave themselves, that it was his doom. But that's not it, is it. He's declaring his decision, a doom for them, a verdict. Huh.
"It is a place of sleepless malice, full of lidless eyes" (p. 677).
"I must take such paths as I can find" (p. 678).
Possible Discussion Questions:
Faramir says to Gollum, "There are locked doors and closed windows in your mind, and dark rooms behind them" (p. 674), and then he says he knows Gollum is planning something treacherous because Faramir "perceived [it] clearly in his mind" (p. 677). And that he knows Gollum has done murder because he "read it in him" (p.678). So does Faramir have some mind-reading abilities, or is he an extremely shrewd judge of character, or what?