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The Perks of Being a Wallflower
by Stephen Chbosky
The Perks of Being a Wallflower Part 4, Chapter 3 Summary How It All Goes Down
May 8, 1992 A lot has changed in the past week. Brad came back to school, but he just kind of wanders the halls like a hollow zombie. On Thursday, Patrick tries to get Brad to talk to him at lunch, but Brad ignores him. Charlie's too far away to hear what's being said, but Patrick looks really angry when he walks away. When Brad yells "faggot" (4.3.9) at Patrick, pretty much everyone in the cafeteria—oops, sorry, the "nutrition center"—hears it. The conflict between Brad and Patrick continues to escalate until Patrick punches Brad. Bad move. At that point, Brad and his four buddies gang up on Patrick. But wait! Charlie's anger-management issues come in handy when he single-handedly saves the day. Not only does Charlie bash one of the guy's knees with a metal chair, he almost takes another one's eyes out. (Okay, so maybe this isn't quite "saving the day.") Everyone else stops fighting after that, but Charlie makes sure to tell Brad who's boss: "If you ever do this again, I'll tell everyone. And if that doesn't work, I'll blind you" (4.3.20). Patrick and Brad's friends get suspended for a while; Brad and Charlie just get detention. In detention, Brad tells Charlie, "Thanks for stopping them" (4.3.27). Hey, that's what friends are for. Beating their friend's bully to a pulp… right? Oh wait, no. Totally not right. After detention, Sam is waiting for Charlie to give him a ride home. She tells him that she was really mad at him for embarrassing Mary Elizabeth at the party. She also suggests that he apologize to Mary Elizabeth. (We concur.) Aside from all that, they're back to being friends again. Charlie was really overreacting—all everyone really needed was some time to cool off. Turns out Mary Elizabeth has a new boyfriend, Peter. He's pretty much the exact opposite of Charlie, and she's happy. Before ending the letter, Charlie tells his reader that he "figured that it was about time to stop smoking so much pot" (4.3.57). Also, Patrick has quit playing Frank 'N Furter in Rocky Horror.
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