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This is the first hint we get that Jim sees himself as vulnerable. While
it is left to our imagination what Jim saw in the mirror maze, it is conceivable
that he saw himself as he chose: older, wiser, and somewhere else. Jim,
however, knows he will get himself in trouble. He relies on Will to keep
him out of danger. Will, despite his reluctance, knows he must protect
Jim from himself. The mirror maze is a source of mystery and danger, as
it will continue to be throughout the novel.
Will kicks the bag, and hears an iron sound. He suddenly realizes it
is the lightning rod salesman's bag. Jim looks through it, finding lighting
rods decorated with various symbols. He comments on the fact that the
storm never came, but the salesman is gone. They glance around at the
carnival and realize night is falling quickly. Jim comments on the fact
that the bag is all the lightning rod salesman had, and generally people
don't leave their entire lives lying around. Will wonders what might be
so important to make you forget everything. Jim explains that if he doesn't
already know, it's something he'd have to figure out for himself. Jim
suggests the boys must look around the carnival to find out what happened
to the lightning rod salesman. He acknowledges that it will be dark within
the next ten minutes, but he suggests that darkness will be the perfect
time to uncover the mystery they’ve been searching for. As they pass the
mirror maze, they see armies of Jims and armies of Wills collide and vanish.
The reflections vanish as quickly as the crowds around them. The boys
stand quietly at the carnival, thinking of all of the other boys who are
currently sitting down to dinner.
Will has no concept of why someone, like the lightning rod salesman, might leave his entire life laying around. Jim, however, seems to know. He realizes that people have to figure it out for themselves. Something has obviously happened to Fury since he tried to connect with the most beautiful woman in the world. It is, though, still unclear to readers what has happened. Jim decides, though, that they must unlock the mystery of the carnival. The cover of night, with its lacking crowds, will be the perfect time, according to Jim. Will is, of course, reluctant. He knows, though, he must stay for Jim's sake. The fact that the mirror images of Jim and Will collide and vanish like the crowds foreshadows danger and problems for Will. The final scene, with the boys standing alone thinking of all the other boys, is reflective of the fact that Jim and Will are about to define themselves as very different from other boys.
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