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The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

  

by Stephen Chbosky

The Perks of Being a Wallflower Part 4, Chapter 14 Summary

How It All Goes Down

June 22, 1992

  • It's the night before Sam is leaving for Penn State's summer program, and she and Charlie share an intimate chat.
  • She wants to know a few things, like why did Charlie let Patrick kiss him, and why didn't he ask her out when Craig broke up with her?
  • Basically, she wants to know why isn't he participating in his own life—but she says it better than we can. Check it out.
  • They have a very nice, productive discussion that leads to a steamy make-out session.
  • Charlie is really affected emotionally when Sam touches him in his bathing-suit zone. But not in a good way. He's not sure what's going on, but he's having a little internal freak-out.
  • He goes pale and weird, and Sam has him lie down on the couch.
  • When he falls asleep, he has a dream about Aunt Helen. A memory has come to the surface—a memory of Aunt Helen touching him the way Sam just did.
  • Sam leaves for college in the morning, and Charlie drives himself home.
  • When he gets home, things are really strange. For example, he sees TV shows on TV, even though the television isn't on.
  • Charlie ends the letter by telling us that he doesn't want his reader to worry about him.
  • He also thinks they deserve a nice life.
  • Then he says goodbye, ending the final letter of Part 4.

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