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SYNOPSIS-SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES
Will decides that he's going home, and Jim tells him that if he wants
to ignore they mysteries they've uncovered in the past day, to go home.
Will starts to, but the carousel starts up. The boys stay frozen in the
tree. The carousel is running with Dark at the controls, but it's running
backward. Will even discovers that the music is backward, though he's
not sure how he knows that. The music emotionally shakes Will. He tries
desperately to hang on to the limb. Jim begins to notice something strange
happening. Cooger's face begins to melt. His hands and clothes begin to
shrink. As the carousel continues to turn, Cooger's face continuously
melts. Suddenly it is clear that Cooger is nineteen. The carousel continues
to turn and, as it does, Jim counts the number of revolutions. The carousel
stops, and the seated figure is quite small. Mr. Cooger is now twelve
years old. Cooger steps out and gazes at the tree, as if he can smell
the fear emanating from Jim and Will. He runs from the midway. Dark also
disappears, and the boys fall from the tree to the ground. Jim utters
a wish that the two boys could go home, but it is evident to both of them
that, because of what they've seen, they must now watch more. They run
off into the distance following a now young Cooger.
Jim climbing across the chain that holds the out of order sign is indicative of his carefree behavior. Will, again, tries to stop him, but Jim refuses to listen. He is willing to risk his safety for the sake of adventure. Cooger is the more evil of the pair. It is wholly unclear what might have happened if Dark had not entered the picture. While Cooger is the more evil of the pair, Dark is the more sinister. The changing colors and text on his card display the sinister things Will has sensed from the beginning. The fact that Dark's suit is made of things that seem interminably itchy furthers Dark's sinister behavior. The fact that Dark's card 'happens' to finalize with 'Death-Watch Beetle,' a creature Jim has in his pocket, is not a coincidence. Dark connects with Jim on a level Will can't comprehend. It is that connection that deeply scares Will. Will cannot connect with Dark on any level. He is, therefore, left out of the experience of Dark's illustrations. The fact that Jim is reluctant to tell Will of the experience with the illustrations is not a result of excluding Will, it is the result of two separate things: Jim's desire to protect Will, and Will's lack of understanding of things beyond childhood.
It is the encounter with Dark, though, that encourages Jim to stay. Jim has some difficulties with authority. He does not automatically respect every adult he meets. Dark's attitudes and actions bother Jim. As a result, he sticks around, requiring himself to discover more about the sinister carnival. Will is desperate to leave, and it looks at one point as if he might, but the start of the carousel freezes both Jim and Will. Will is immediately confused. The fact that he was being lied to about the functionality of the carousel had never occurred to him. Jim, however, knew he was being lied to when he saw the sign. Will immediately discovers that the music is running backward, despite the fact that he has no idea why he knows that. Like all of Will's premonitions, this one is unexplainable. The music physiologically effects Will. He can almost feel his body running simultaneously backward.
Cooger's reversing age is, by far, the most sinister event in the book to this point. When the boys discover his age, the same as theirs, they are immediately frightened. Both boys feel a sense of doom at the close of the chapter. They've seen too much, and they both realize they must, in some way, pay for what they've seen.
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