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The Perks of Being a Wallflower
by Stephen Chbosky
The Perks of Being a Wallflower Part 2, Chapter 10 Summary How It All Goes Down
December 21, 1991 It's time to head to Sam and Patrick's house for the final Secret Santa swap. Drumroll please… All the friends sit around and drink brandy and reveal who was whose Secret Santa. For Patrick's final gift, Charlie reads a poem. He doesn't know who wrote it. It's called "A Person, A Paper, A Promise," and you should definitely read it for yourself. Everyone else exchanges presents. Patrick reveals that he's Charlie's Secret Santa. His final gift? A suit coat. "All the great writers used to wear suits all the time" (2.10.12). Charlie gives everyone a gift, even though they didn't get him anything. His gift to Sam is the most special: a record of the Beatles' " Something" that his Aunt Helen had given him. In response, Sam tells him she loves him. (!) But wait! There's more! She also got him a typewriter. That clicking on the keys is the noise of Charlie typing to Sam on the blank page, "I love you, too" (2.10.30). Sam wants to know if Charlie has ever kissed a girl. When Charlie says he hasn't, Sam tells him that she wants his first kiss to be from someone who loves him. You'll never guess what happens next. She kisses him. Charlie says that "[i]t was the kind of kiss that made me know that I was never so happy in my whole life" (2.10.43). At the end of the letter, Charlie includes the poem he wrote to Patrick.
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