| Quote #1
He wanted to be near and not near them, he saw them close, he saw them far. Suddenly they were awfully small in too large a room in too big a town and much too huge a world. In this unlocked place they seemed at the mercy of anything that might break in from the night.
Here we see the domesticity of the home connoting a place of safety. We'll let you puzzle over what Will could possibly mean about being a danger to his parents.
| Quote #2
Where the colored rain touched the floor, a pair of dusty small shoes poked out. Just beyond the downpour the evil boy loitered.
The novel relies on gut instincts like Will's reaction here to substantiate the presence of evil.
| Quote #3
"Dad? Am I a good person?"
Will's dad seems to be saying that it'll help, but it won't be enough. How do we know Will is a good person? Does it help him when the going gets rough?