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Coraline Chapter 12 Summary
Coraline's mother (real mother, yay!) wakes her up and tells her it's almost time for dinner. She asks Coraline what happened to her pajamas and her knee, which is scraped. (What? Doesn't she remember? She was stuck in a snow globe for crying out loud!) Coraline says she fell. Yeah, that's it... she fell. Nothing else. She goes to her room to get changed and clean up, and she pulls three marbles, an empty snow globe, and a black key out of her pocket. She ties some string around the black key to make a necklace and puts it on under her shirt. All decked out in her key-jewelry (pretty trendy, C!), Coraline then goes to see her dad and gives him a big hug. She even eats the pizza he made for dinner, which – to be honest – isn't very good. Coraline goes to bed, still wearing the key around her neck, and she keeps the three marbles under her pillow. While sleeping, Coraline dreams a very strange dream. Here's how it goes down: She is outside having a very nice picnic with three other children. No big deal. There's a boy wearing red knee-breeches, a girl in a brown dress and bonnet, and another girl with blonde hair and fairy wings. Still sounds okay to us. And hey, everyone's having a great time. After they're done playing, the children all return to their picnic and eat ice cream. The fairy girl opts out and eats flowers instead. Kind of gross, but it's a dream, so we'll let it slide. Coraline, feeling relaxed, says she's glad it's all over. Hasn't she ever heard of jinxing yourself? Well, if not, she's about to learn the hard way. After she says that, the other kids get sort of quiet and Coraline realizes that the danger isn't totally over yet. Her friends can't tell her exactly what is going on, but they do give her some pretty bad news: the beldam, the other mother, isn't done yet. Coraline has to be careful. Then they all move on to the afterlife. The end. (The end of the dream, that is.) When Coraline wakes up early the next morning, she feels like something is moving and she hears the noises to match. She investigates, of course, and discovers that it's – wait for it – the other mother's right hand. Just her hand! That creepy, dismembered right hand is after the black key. She just knows it. The hand (so weird, we know!) scurries out of the house.
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