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Something Wicked This Way Comes
by Ray Bradbury
Something Wicked This Way Comes Chapter 51 Summary
Will and Charles run through the night. They can hear the calliope. Will cannot distinguish if it is playing forward or backward. Will has a moment of doubt about his friendship with Jim. He then notices that several freaks are standing around, but they are doing nothing to stop Will and Charles. Charles notes that they are afraid. They saw what happened to the Witch. The calliope stops and starts again, this time going forward. Will calls for Jim. He becomes tempted by the calliope music. Charles sees a half-familiar parade up ahead. The freaks are taking Mr. Electrico to the carousel. Before he can be placed on the carousel, however, Mr. Electrico crumbles into dust, leaving his chair behind. Jim is standing between the fallen chair and the carousel. He walks to his free ride. He cannot walk away. Charles tells Will to go after Jim. Will races after Jim, imploring him not to leave. Jim trails one hand on the wind, "the small white separate part that still remembered their friendship." Will snatches for the hand. Jim wakes up on the next half-round. He suffers from conflicted desires. Will calls for his father to stop the machine. Will pleads for Jim to come back. Will lunges and connects with Jim. He trots around the machine while clasping Jim's hand. He wonders why his father has not shut off the machine. They continue on their journey. Jim pulls. Will falls onto the machine. The two of them are now together on the carousel. Jim refuses to give up the ride, even for his friend. Jim screams. His eyes go blind. He falls. Charles hits the control switch. Together, Charles and Will bend over Jim. He appears to be dead.
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