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CHAPTER NOTES SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES
Will calls his dad to say that they’re hiding because “they” are looking
for them. Charles tries to ascertain who “they” are, but Will refuses
to involve him. Will only asks that Charles tell the women that the boys
won’t be home. They hang up, and Charles heads out to look for them.
The fact that Will calls to have the boys’ mothers told that they will
be away for the day signifies Will’s sense of responsibility. He doesn’t
want them to worry, which also signals his increasing sense of maturity.
Charles seems to want to be involved with Will, but once again fails.
The boys hide under and iron grill imbedded in the sidewalk that runs
by the cigar store. Above, the parade clashes with the church bells. They
see people passing above, and they realize the parade is passing directly
in front of them. Will sees his dad pass above on the grate. A small boy
accidentally drops his gum down past the grate, and it lands next to Jim’s
show. The boy leans down to get it, and suddenly Will realizes the parade
has stopped and the freaks are now circulating the streets looking for
them. The small boy leans on the grill, taps his mother, and points at
Jim and Will in the shadows of the pit.
The parade clashes with the Sunday morning church bells, furthering the clash between religion and evil. When Charles passes above the boys, Will wants to yell out to him, but again feels unable to ask him for help. The danger felt in this chapter, with the innocence of the young boy noticing the boys beneath the sidewalk, heightens the reader’s sense of fear for the boys.
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