| Quote #1
Yet this train's whistle!
Scary! Sound and music – the calliope and the boardwalk, for instance – play a major role in the novel.
| Quote #2
They prowled on but found no mysterious midnight spheres of evil gas tied by mysterious Oriental knots to daggers plunged in dark earth, no maniac ticket takers bent on terrible revenges. The calliope by the ticket booth neither screamed deaths nor hummed idiot songs to itself. (15.20)
During the day, all the supernatural elements of carnival are revealed to be quite ordinary. This is first moment in the novel we question the truth of the boys' "scary" experiences.
| Quote #3
Mr. Cooger's face was melting like pink wax.
Here we realize without a doubt that the carnival is one creepy, messed-up place where supernatural things are happening. Now we stop questioning the reality of these events.