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The Lovely Bones
by Alice Sebold
The Lovely Bones Chapter 21 Summary How It All Goes Down
After the hospital, Susie watches Ray sleeping, and thinks of the first and only time he kissed her, by her locker at school. She wishes she could kiss him again. The next day, Ruth and Ray head for the sinkhole. Around the same time, Fenerman is going to the hospital and gives Jack and Abigail Susie's charm. He tells them that they've been able to connect Harvey with other murders. Abigail hadn't realized that Harvey actually is Susie's killer. She asks Fenerman to leave, and Jack thanks him for the charm. Next, Susie watches Mr. Harvey driving. He'd forgotten the girls and women he killed, but lately they are all coming back into his mind. Susie wonders when he'll remember her. Ray and Ruth watch the sinkhole, and Ruth tells Ray she wonders if Susie's body was dumped here. Susie cheers from heaven at Ruth's correct guess. Ruth feels Susie and talks to her. Susie can see Mr. Harvey driving on the road toward the Salmon house, and she can see Lindsey inside the house, alone. When he's almost there, a cop stops him, and asks him to leave the neighborhood, so he does. Ruth and Ray are standing next to Ray's car when Ray goes into some brush to pick flowers for his mom. Then, Mr. Harvey is driving toward the sinkhole, remembering that he'd put a dead body there. He drives past Ruth. She sees all the women he's killed, and then passes out. At the same time, Susie "[falls] to Earth" (21.161).
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