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Something Wicked This Way Comes

Something Wicked This Way Comes


by Ray Bradbury

Something Wicked This Way Comes Chapter 24 Summary

  • Will and Jim huddle into a phone booth. They call the police and an ambulance.
  • When help arrives, the boys lead two police officers and two medical interns to the body.
  • There is no body.
  • Lights come on in the Freak Tent. The group walks in to a room where four freaks are playing cards.
  • The now very old Mr. Cooger has been strapped into an electric chair.
  • Will recognizes the Dwarf as Tom Fury – the lightning-rod salesman.
  • Meanwhile, Monsieur Guillotine and the Dust Witch practice their acts.
  • The policemen relax; this isn't so bad, they think – just a carnival act.
  • Mr. Dark welcomes the group, inviting them to witness one of their new acts.
  • The policemen try to ask about the boys' concerns, but Mr. Dark dismisses the boys as children. He introduces Mr. Cooger as the new act "Mr. Electrico."
  • Mr. Cooger looks dead. Mr. Dark shocks his body with one hundred thousand electric volts.
  • The interns and policemen try to step forward, but Mr. Dark warns them away.
  • The old man gets fried with electricity and comes alive. One eyelid peels open.
  • The freaks inhale and exhale in time with Mr. Electrico.
  • The policemen laugh. Jim and Will squirm in discomfort.
  • Mr. Electrico welcomes everyone and gives a slow stuttering speech.
  • Mr. Dark ushers the policemen and interns out. He gives Will and Jim free passes to the carnival, but asks for their names. Both boys lie.
  • Mr. Dark invites the boys back. They bolt for the exit. The police follow, laughing. The interns follow, sober.

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