Study Guide

The Perks of Being a Wallflower Part 4, Chapter 5

By Stephen Chbosky

Part 4, Chapter 5

May 17, 1992

  • Patrick is still dragging Charlie all around town. One night, he takes him to a park where men hook up with each other.
  • After Patrick disappears into the bushes with a stranger, another man approaches Charlie.
  • They smoke and make small talk for a bit before Charlie recognizes the man as a local sportscaster. When Charlie tells him he recognizes him from TV, the guy scurries away pretty quickly. It's actually a pretty funny moment.
  • They go to a few more places, huff a few drugs, and Patrick picks up a few more guys. Just your average night in teenage-land.
  • Here's the thing: whenever Patrick hooks up with a guy, he gets really sad afterward. And one night at the park, they actually see Brad there with someone else. Boo.
  • Patrick doesn't try to kiss Charlie that night. Charlie says, "He just thanked me for being his friend. And drove away" (4.5.25).

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