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by Mary Norton
The Borrowers Chapter 18 Summary
The boy is awake in bed, and hears the whole uproar. He had been on his way to the borrowers' house with a screwdriver when he heard Mrs. Driver exclaim on the stairs and ran back into his room. That was at midnight. Now he hears the clock strike one. It must be safe now to return, right? The boy rushes to tell the borrowers that it is no longer safe for them to live in their clock, and that he'll help them escape to the great outdoors. Homily can't bear the thought, but Pod knows it's the only way, and Arrietty is super psyched to live in freedom. Anything's better than a musty old clock, right? The boy calms Homily down by saying that he will help them get some supplies of food and carpets from the dollhouse. He decides to carry the family upstairs in a clothespin bag (because Homily says she would rather die than be carried out in the boy's hands). But just as he's loading the family into the bag, Mrs. Driver appears. Gulp. She accuses the boy of being a thief, just like the little people, but the boy defends them by saying they are "borrowers," and that he is a borrower, too. He begs her to let him move them from the house and not to hurt them. No dice. Mrs. Driver, who really is not a very nice lady, pushes the boy roughly into his room and locks him in there, where he cries himself to sleep under the blankets.
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