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6. “Two lines of Shakespeare said it. He should write them in the
middle of the clock of books, to fix the heart of his apprehension: ‘By
the pricking of my thumbs, / Something wicked this way comes.’” End
of Chapter 37 (page 137) - Narrator
As Charles is waiting for the boys, he considers the literature on evil. This
particular Shakespearean line comes to mind. The book, obviously, borrows
its name from the title.
7. “For the thing it most wanted were hidden in the dark.” Middle
of Chapter 34 (page 121) - Narrator
As the carnival parades down Main Street searching for Will and Jim, the narrator
mentions this line. It is definitive in terms of the carnival’s nature.
The carnival does not crave the simplistic life most have. The carnival
needs darkness and evil to survive, particularly the darkness and evil
hidden in souls.
8. “Too late, I found out you can’t wait to become perfect, you’ve
got to go out, fall down, and get up with everyone else.” Middle
of Chapter 28 (page 99) -Charles Halloway
As Charles and Will have a heart-to-heart discussion on the lawn after he
brings him home from the police station, Charles mentions this phrase
to Will. It deals with the lack of contentment with life theme. Charles
is attempting to teach Will that you must make mistakes to learn from
9. “There are smiles and smiles. Learn to tell the dark ones from
the light.” Middle of Chapter 28 (page 98) - Charles Halloway
During their heart-to-heart discussion on the lawn, Charles suggests that
someone’s happiness is not indicatives of their goodness. He suggests
that the people with the smiles are often the most evil, and that it is
an important skill in life to be able to tell the evil from the good.
10. “That was the October week when they grew up, and were never
so young anymore . . .” Prologue (page 2) -Narrator
This sentence ends the prologue, and begins the story. It defines and sets up the loss of innocence theme readers will feel for the remainder of the story.
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