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by Edward Bloor
Tangerine Part 3, Chapter 1 Summary
Monday, November 20 The science group comes over to Paul's house to work on their report, and when they finish, they head out to the backyard to kick the soccer ball around a little. It's like déjà vu for Paul, though—suddenly they hear Arthur and Erik driving up. They walk through the gate, and Erik starts right in, "Look at this. I think it's great that these farm-labor kids get to spend a day away from the fields" (3.1.11). Tino looks furious, but Paul tells they're not worth it. That just makes Tino madder, so he confronts Erik. Arthur gets a blackjack out of his gym bag, but Erik tells him to put it away. That is, until Tino brings up Erik's famous televised flop. Then, Erik hits him in the face so hard that he spins in the air before he hits the ground. Paul thinks he may be unconscious, or even dead. Erik calms himself, and then stares at Paul with a strange look in his eyes. Paul thinks it may be sorrow, or even fear. He and Arthur head back out through the gate. Paul and Henry run to Tino, and he tries to get up, bleeding where Erik's ring had cut his head. He looks at the patio door for help, and sees something strange—a white shirt moves. Is that his dad? Did his dad see what Erik did? Tino won't accept any help from Paul. In silence, everyone leaves, and Wayne comes to drive them home. Paul is left alone to wonder what he should have done differently.
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