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BOOK SUMMARY-SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES
Good finally triumphs over evil at the moment of desperation. Charles
starts to give in and quietly die, but humor stops him. He first laughs
at the Witch’s ugliness, and then the entire situation seems oddly funny.
It’s obvious the Witch has never encountered anything like this before,
and she cannot cope with humor. Bradbury is clearly commenting on the
importance of humor when dealing with life-and-death situations.
The boys march in a soundless parade toward the carnival. A few dogs
join them, and Will, resisting the drugged state he’s in, hopes the dogs
will bark and get the police. The dogs, however, only follow noiselessly
along. Will again dares to hope for relief when he sees Mr. Tetley, but
Dark is controlling the boys, so they can only turn and smile at him,
saying they get a free ride at the carnival. After passing Tetley, Dark
speaks quietly to both boys, saying they’ll ride on the carousel. If Cooger
doesn’t survive, Jim can be Dark’s new partner. Dark intends to make Will
a baby so he cannot tell any of what he knows. Will internally screams,
and only the dogs can hear him, for they go yipping off in terror. A policeman
comes around the corner, and Will dares to hope, but he is sent further
into his drugged state by the Dust Witch, and Dark forces both of the
boys to say hello.
Jim takes better to the drugged state than Will does. Will fights Dark at every turn. Dark, however, is far stronger than Will, as evidenced by the fact that they run into two adults who could save them, but don’t because neither boy can convey the trouble they’re in. Dark’s hideous plan now becomes apparent. It is important to note that it is still highly likely that Jim would follow the plan, as he still wants what Dark has to offer.
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