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CHAPTER SUMMARY-SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES
The removal of the lightning rod is only further evidence of Jimís immaturity
and curiosity. Will, though, is immediately angry, because he believes
the lightning rod might have saved them from the carnival. The arrival
of the balloon shows that the carnival is indeed angrily looking for them.
The fact that it is the Dust Witch in the balloon is important, as she
will function as a key character in the rest of the story. It is only
Willís ingenuity in washing the glue off of Jimís roof that seems to save
both of the boys, signaling Willís infinite wisdom.
The boys finish washing the roof and go to bed in their separate houses.
The balloon seems to be paused at the edge of town. Will grabs his Boy
Scout archery set, knowing they must be the first to act, and head out
of the house. He knows the witch canít read minds; she can only sense
heat and excitement. Will uses this to his advantage and internally makes
fun of her. He can feel her move, so he runs toward a home that has been
abandoned for some time. He climbs to the roof, hoping she wonít sense
his plan. As she tries to get close to the roof, she seems to know something
is wrong, but she is unable to pin it down. Will, in desperation, stands
with his back to her, knowing she will be unable to resist the temptation.
She comes closer, and Will prepares to take his shot, however, his bow
breaks in two. Will clutches the balloon basket rim a foot away from him,
and throws the arrow at the balloon. It hits its target, and Will falls
to the roof, then to a tree. The witch seems to mourn, and the soon-to-be
airless balloon wanders off. Will climbs down from the tree.
The fact that Will grabs his Boy Scout archery set is significant because
it symbolizes his youth. The Witchís inability to read minds will continually
be at her disadvantage. Willís knowledge of this will be her downfall.
Willís wisdom and goodness are displayed when Will chooses to use a home
that has been vacant for sometime as the place to destroy the Witch. His
cunning displays itself when, after his plan fails, he is able to recover
and deal with another plan. Will seems to have won this round without
Jimís help, which will be important when Will finally tries to defeat
the carnival, as Jim is not completely on Willís side.
For the rest of the night, nothing happens.
This ten word chapter is ingenious in its simplicity, as it further demonstrates the fact that Will has indeed, for the moment, won a single battle against the carnival. They do not strike back during the night. This fact alone means that it might be possible to defeat their evil.
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