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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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