Study Guide

Miss Foley in Something Wicked This Way Comes

By Ray Bradbury

Miss Foley

Miss Foley is the boys' seventh-grade schoolteacher. We first meet her in Chapter 15 when she bumps into the boys at the carnival. Although Will warns her not to step into the ominous Mirror Maze, she does anyway, emerging shaken and frightened of the images staring back at her. In particular, she talks of seeing an image of herself as a little girl. This image holds a great degree of attraction for her as she becomes completely focused on riding the carousel and becoming younger. She achieves her desire by Chapter 32, but it is not the "ride-around summer" she imagines it will be (25.10). Rather, her terror becomes acute and she loses all sense of self.