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A Monster Calls
by Patrick Ness
A Monster Calls Chapter 9 Summary
The Rest of the First Tale Turns out that when the villagers lit the fire, the monster grabbed the queen and saved her. He took her away to a village by the sea to live in peace. Conor flips. How could the monster protect a murderer? To which the monster's all, um, I never said she was a murderer. The prince said she was a murderer. This prompts Conor to ask the obvious question: so who did it, then? Preferring to show rather than tell, the monster, with a sweep of its arms, conjures the scene in Conor's yard. After the princess falls asleep, the prince goes to his horse, unties it from the tree, and pulls a knife out of the saddlebag. Then he smacks the horse on the butt and sends it running. It turns out that the prince hated the queen, because she was indeed a witch. But he knew he couldn't overthrow her on his own; he needed the villagers' help. His solution? Kill the princess, tell the villagers it's the queen's fault, and get her burned at the stake. Then he can rule forever. Which, except for the monster-sweeping-the-queen-away part, is exactly what happens. Conor gets the lesson: the prince was a jerk, the queen wasn't a witch after all, and Conor should be nice to his grandma. The monster laughs. Like he would ever turn into a monster just to teach some kid a lesson in niceness. The queen was a witch, but she wasn't a murderer That's why he saved her. Conor's confused: who's the good guy, then? The monster says there's really no such thing as good guys. Most people are a mixture of good and bad—like the queen. And the prince, for that matter. Conor wants to know how this story is supposed to save him from his grandma, to which the monster replies it's not his grandma he needs saving from. Conor wakes up, and of course it's 12:07. And of course there's a yew sapling growing from a knot in his floorboard. He goes into the kitchen and gets a knife to saw it down.
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