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Something Wicked This Way Comes

Something Wicked This Way Comes


by Ray Bradbury

Something Wicked This Way Comes Chapter 6 Summary

  • Jim Nightshade stops at the corner of Hickory Street and Main Street. He turns to Will, who, anticipating what Jim is about to ask, begins to protest.
  • Jim pleads for them to go look at the fifth house for just one minute.
  • We learn that once when the boys were plucking fruit from trees on the block, they saw a "stage" where actors "let fall clothes to the rug, stood raw and animal-crazy, naked, like shivering horses, hands out to touch each other" (6.14).
  • In other words, it was a couple having sex. Will's adolescent mind can't quite deal with it. He fled while Jim watched entranced.
  • Jim wants to return to the house tonight to try and see the same spectacle again. Will refuses.
  • Jim gives Will his library books and heads off to what has been dubbed the "Theater." Three houses down, he calls back an insult after Will.
  • Will walks home quickly.

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