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The House of Dies Drear
by Virginia Hamilton
Thomas Small Timeline and Summary
Day 1, Saturday: Thomas dreams he's in a massive pine forest being chased by a scary man. When he wakes up, he realizes it's his thirteenth birthday and that he's in the car with his family, driving to his new home (a haunted house!) in Ohio. Thomas arrives at the new house and immediately starts exploring. On the very first night he gets lost exploring under the house, and is chased by a scary man (like the one in his dream) when he's exploring the property. Day 2, Sunday: When Thomas wakes up, he learns that his father found some mysterious triangles in the bedroom doorways – which means someone was in the house while they slept. At church, Thomas doesn't get the warm reception he's hoping for and gets upset. When he finds a fourth triangle in his father's office, he forgets his sorrows and gets excited again. But, when he and his family get home that night, they find the kitchen trashed. He and his dad go to confront Mr. Pluto. They meet Mayhew and see Mr. Pluto's treasure. Day 3, Monday: Thomas and his Dad go to Columbus, a big city nearby, and buy costumes and makeup. Along with his dad, Mr. Pluto, Mayhew, and Pesty, Thomas participates in scaring the Darrows. According to Mayhew, they'll never bother the Smalls, or Mr. Pluto, again. Day 4, Tuesday: When Thomas finally wakes up, he eats his breakfast fast, then races to Mr. Pluto's cabin. His dad is already there and has already started work on cataloguing Mr. Pluto's treasure. Thomas waits nearby to see if his Dad will need his help.