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Something Wicked This Way Comes
by Ray Bradbury
Something Wicked This Way Comes Chapter 39 Summary
Will reassures his father, insisting that he has always been there to help the boys. Charles refutes the point. He tells his sons that the carnival preys on those unconnected to the community, those whose cries of help will not be heard. Charles launches into a lecture on good and evil, autumn and summer. He says that there is fear on both sides, and that goodness has its own weapons. He begins talking of love. He tries to formulate his concepts in words that will resonate with the boys. He wants to talk about love as common cause and shared experience. He tells the boys to imagine a soldier and a farmer put together for a long train ride who bond over a love of running. Charles pauses, but Will and Jim's eyes both urge him on. Charles finishes his little speech. He estimates that the autumn people will visit them in about two hours, given the closing time at the carnival. Jim goes to the window and listens to the calliope. He asks if it is bad. Will's father reminds him that you can't get something for nothing. He cautions that the carnival people make empty promises. Jim asks where these people came from. Charles launches into another mini-lecture, this one describing "deadfalls, mantraps, bone-crunchers, head-achers, flesh-twitchers, soul-skinners" (39.30). The boys realize that Mr. Cooger and Mr. Dark are both centuries old, since the carnival allows them to subtract years at will. Mr. Halloway describes the carnival people in full terms, telling the boys that the carnival lives off of fear and pain and guilt. He tells them that his knowledge is bodily: he feels it. He tastes it. His skeleton knows.
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