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Will hides at the beginning of the chapter because he knows the events
taking place have sinister overtones. When Jim calls out to Robert, Will
is quite frightened. He knows Robert can seriously hurt Jim. He’s scared
for both of them. Jim compares his emotions to the sensations he feels
at the theater. Jim is aroused by the prospect of getting the things he
wants. When Will realizes Robert might actually discover Jim, he tackles
him, attempting to protect him. When Jim spits on Will, Will finally knows
a turning point has been reached. Jim has never been angry enough to do
something so hostile. Will punches him in return. This is probably the
first serious fight the boys have ever had. Will is filled with emotion.
He knows the carnival is evil. He’d have preferred to stay away from the
entire event. Jim, however, has continually involved Will in all of the
terrible events. Will has sensed he must protect Jim. Will has no desire
to be left alone. Yet, Jim has begun to leave him out of things. Will’s
emotional turmoil is behind the punch he throws at Jim. The nephew’s scheme
to get Will and Jim in trouble is representative of his wicked nature.
As the boys run away, Will knows the entire situation is far more serious
than he’d ever imagined.
The boys hit the carnival grounds at twenty miles an hour. Robert is
in the lead, followed by Jim, followed by Will. Will thinks they’ve got
him because Robert believed Will wouldn’t follow and get stuck in a mess
with the police. Now Robert, according to Will, is afraid Jim and Will
will attack him. Will, though, knows Jim isn’t running to catch the nephew;
Jim is running to ride on the carousel. By the time Will reaches the midway,
the carousel is going forward. Jim is standing ten feet from it. Robert
calls out to Jim, beckoning him to come forward. Jim leans into it. Will
tackles him, holding him on the ground. Robert, the nephew, is now one
year older, bigger, meaner, and taller. Will jumps up and runs to the
control box. The boys fight over the control box. Will continues to watch
Robert circle around, getting bigger each time. He begs Jim to shut it
off. He knows Robert will kill both of them. The control box for the carousel
goes awry, and sparks begin shooting out. The carousel speeds up. Jim
and Will continue to fight. The evil nephew tries to get off the speeding
carousel. He gets knocked down, and the carousel spins something like
fifty times. Jim sobs and begs Will to get up and make the carousel run
backward. A light flashes on in a tent, but no one comes out. Will hears
the figure on the carousel moan. The shadow continues to attempt to get
off the carousel. Finally the switch box spits again, and the carousel
slows to a stop. Will thinks it has gone around at least ninety times.
The carnival lights blink out, and Will and Jim go to investigate the
carousel. A hand hangs off the side. It is not the hand of a young boy.
The man’s hair is long and white. The face and body seem mummified. Will
touches him, and his hand is cold, but he’s alive and speeding toward
death. Will pukes over the side of the carousel. Jim and Will run in fear
The carousel event drives Jim and Will together again, even after their terrible separation. The beginning of the chapter however, shows the sheer temptation Jim faces. Will tries to protect Jim from that temptation. When Robert reaches out to Jim, he thinks he will come aboard. He is surprised when Will is strong enough to hold Jim back. Will knows Robert/Cooger/the evil nephew will kill them once he is big enough, so he is desperate to get them out. The explosion of the control box is not what Will had in mind, but it does keep the two of them safe. Will, however, regrets the occurrence when he sees what happens to the thing on the carousel.
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