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Something Wicked This Way Comes
by Ray Bradbury
Something Wicked This Way Comes Chapter 32 Summary
Will and Jim sleep fitfully. Rain falls through the night. The carousel starts up again and the calliope begins playing. Miss Foley hears it. She slips out of the house. In the morning at 9:15, Jim comes outside wearing his rain gear. He looks over at Will's door. It opens. Will and his father emerge. Charles offers to accompany the boys to the police station, but Will shakes his head. The boys start off. Jim says he dreamt last night of a funeral that came down Main Street, ending with a coffin forty feet long that carried the body of the balloon. Jim asks if balloons can die. Will tries to tell him what he did last night, but Jim keeps talking excitedly. Will finally gets an opportunity to tell his friend, but they are stopped short by the sad plaintive sounds of a little girl under a tree in the rain. Jim tells Will not to investigate, but Will proceeds forward. The little girl begs for help. She recognizes the boys and begs them not to leave her. Will believes her, but Jim claims she is lying. Will promises to help her and tells her to stay put under the tree. The two boys leave. Jim is incredulous, but Will is adamant that the girl is Miss Foley. They walk over to her house and ring the bell. No one is home. The carousel calliope continues to play "Funeral March" backwards. The boys speculate about what might have happened to Miss Foley. Will is convinced they must help her. As they run out of the house, they hear the thump and blare of music. The carnival is coming into town. Will argues that the carnival is posing as a parade in order to search for the two boys, or possibly Miss Foley. He tells his friend they have to get to Miss Foley before the carnival does. It is too late. There is no one under the tree. Scared now, the boys run into town looking for a good hiding place.
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