Study Guide

Mr. Schmitt's Cousin in The Egypt Game

By Zilpha Keatley Snyder

Mr. Schmitt's Cousin

Although we hardly meet Mr. Schmitt's cousin at all in the course of the story, it turns out he's a rather sinister character who's been lurking in the background all along. We first meet him as a stockboy at Mr. Schmitt's neighborhood store—and he can't even ring up the colored pens the kids are trying to buy. Sheesh.

After months of murder-related fear and paranoia amongst both children and parents and a whole lot of silence from Mr. Schmitt's cousin, he shows up to grab April while she's trying to get to Egypt one night. Tah-dah! The real murderer revealed. And once the police get involved, it's all over:

The redheaded man had admitted everything. There wasn't going to be a real trial because the man was very sick mentally and was to be sent to a hospital for the criminally insane. (21.48)

It's a good thing that Marshall was able to ID him: after he's in custody and admits to his crimes, the police will put him away and get him the treatment he needs. And the whole neighborhood heaves a collective sigh of relief.

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