I’m the King of the Castle

Charles Kingshaw Character Analysis

Charles Kingshaw is one of the two main characters in I’m the King of the Castle, along with Edmund Hooper. He has also been described as one of the most psychologically accurate child characters in all of English literature. Charles comes to Warings with his mother, Helena Kingshaw, shortly after the novel begins. At Warings, Charles is at first lonely and then frightened of Edmund Hooper. Edmund plays nasty tricks on Charles, exploiting Charles’s fear of birds and dead animals and leaving him in a nearly constant state of terror while at Warings. Like Edmund, Charles is capable of feeling deep hatred, but, unlike Edmund, Charles doesn’t seem to have the capacity or the desire to do harm to others. As a result, he spends the novel locked in a power struggle with Edmund, but never manages to get the upper hand. In the few instances when Charles does humiliate Edmund or assert his own power, Charles is unable to make anything of his advantage, and ultimately remains subservient to, frightened of, and in some ways dependent upon, Edmund. To illustrate Charles’s frightened state of mind, Hill frequently shows him running through a list in his mind of all the negative possible outcomes of a scenario, no matter how unlikely. This ultimately proves to be Charles’s greatest weakness: he allows himself to be overcome with fear, to the point where he’s too paralyzed to fight back. Charles’s ability to frighten himself is perhaps clearest at the end of the novel, when a simple note from Edmund that reads “Something will happen to you” is enough to give Charles nightmares and, ultimately, drive him to commit suicide.

Charles Kingshaw Quotes in I’m the King of the Castle

The I’m the King of the Castle quotes below are all either spoken by Charles Kingshaw or refer to Charles Kingshaw. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Chapter 2 Quotes

Hooper said nothing. He threw the photograph down into the suitcase and walked back to the window. Kingshaw knew that he had won, but he did not feel the winner; Hooper had conceded him nothing.

Related Characters: Charles Kingshaw, Edmund Hooper
Page Number: 20
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Chapter 3 Quotes

He imagined the furry body of the moth against the pads of Hooper's fingers. He was ashamed of being so afraid, and could not help it, he only wanted to get out, to stop having to see the terrible moths. Hooper watched him. There was a moment when they both stood, quite still, waiting. Then, Hooper whipped around and pushed past Kingshaw without warning he was out of the door, turning the key sharply in the lock. After a moment, his footsteps went away down the hall. A door closed somewhere.

Related Characters: Charles Kingshaw, Edmund Hooper
Related Symbols: Moths, The Red Room
Page Number: 41
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Chapter 4 Quotes

They were gratified with one another, and with this new arrangement of their lives, and so it was easy to say, 'How well the boys have settled down together! How nice to see them enjoying themselves! How good it is for them not to be alone!' For they talked at length about their children, knowing nothing of the truth.

Page Number: 57
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Chapter 6 Quotes

Very deliberately, Kingshaw inserted his forefingers under the string, and pulled the satchel off his back. He untied his anorak from it, and spread it out on the ground, and then sat down. Hooper stood above him, his eyes flicking about nervously, his face as pale as his limbs in the dim light.

Related Characters: Charles Kingshaw, Edmund Hooper
Page Number: 81
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Chapter 7 Quotes

Hooper sighed. 'Look, when you're breathing, you're alive aren't you? Everything is. And when you stop breathing, your heart stops, and then you're dead.'
Kingshaw hesitated, worried about it, uncertain how to argue.
Hooper's eyes opened very wide. 'I suppose you don't believe all that guff about souls and ghosts and everything, do you?'
'Not ghosts...'
‘When you're dead you're dead, you're finished.'
‘No.'
'Look . . . you can see.' Hooper poked his finger at the rabbit' Its head flopped heavily sideways.
'It's dead’ he said.
Kingshaw stared at it miserably. He could not think clearly. What Hooper said must be true, and yet he knew that it was not true.

Related Characters: Charles Kingshaw (speaker), Edmund Hooper (speaker)
Page Number: 88
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Kingshaw knew that he was the loser. His momentary burst of exultation, and his feeling of superiority over Hooper counted for nothing, they were always short-lived. It was really only a question of which of them walked in front, for a while. Kingshaw was used to lacking any confidence in himself, to knowing that he could do nothing very well. Until now, he had not much cared he'd got by. Now, he cared, his pride had risen, he could no longer be docile about himself. Everything was unfair.

Related Characters: Charles Kingshaw, Edmund Hooper
Page Number: 98
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Chapter 8 Quotes

He hated his mother more than anybody, more even than Hooper, now. He had a terrible twisted-up feeling in his belly, because of it. Now, Hooper knew. 'There are things I see that you don't.'
There wasn't anything he could do. Except get away. It was his father’s fault, really, because his dying had been the start of it all, the not having enough money, and living in other people's houses.

Related Characters: Charles Kingshaw (speaker), Edmund Hooper (speaker)
Page Number: 113
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Chapter 11 Quotes

Last year, someone had been strangled to death twenty miles away. Hooper had told him that. Twenty miles wasn't far.
He imagined tramps and murderers, and the cowman at Barr Farm, with bad teeth and hands like raw red meat. Anybody might have been hanging about behind the shed, and locked him in. Later, they might come back.

Related Characters: Charles Kingshaw, Edmund Hooper
Page Number: 138
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'I'm Head of Dorm for next term.'
Kingshaw went cold. He knew that it was sure to be true, and that it would be the worst of all things that were coming. Hooper had power now, here. He would have power there, too, then.

Related Characters: Edmund Hooper (speaker), Charles Kingshaw
Page Number: 143
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Chapter 12 Quotes

I am the King, I am the King, there is nothing I can't ask him for, nothing he won't promise me, nothing I can't do to him. Up here, I'm the King.
But he had learned enough, over the past few weeks, to know that any power he acquired would only be temporary. Like the thunderstorm in the wood, and the time when Hooper had fallen into the water and bashed his head, and then when he had had the nightmares. As soon as the situation had changed, everything went back to what Kingshaw had come to think of as normal.

Related Characters: Charles Kingshaw (speaker), Edmund Hooper
Related Symbols: Leydell Castle
Page Number: 153
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Chapter 14 Quotes

But he did not think it likely that he could ever be believed, nothing could change, because he had meant what he thought and said about Hooper, and still meant it. It was only being afraid of this empty church, and of the white marble warrior lying on his tombstone in the side chapel, that made him kneel down and tell lies. It was no good. He had wanted Hooper to be dead, because then things would have been better. His punishment was that Hooper was not dead, that everything was the same, and the thought of that was worse than anything. He acknowledged that he feared Hooper more than he feared anything in the world.

Related Characters: Charles Kingshaw (speaker), Edmund Hooper
Page Number: 173
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Kingshaw thought, he knows everybody and they know him. He lives here, and I live here, now, but I don't know anyone or anything, except Mrs Boland and the woman at the post office. Hooper doesn't know anybody, either, we might as well be on the moon. He thought of Warings, surrounded by the high hedge, dark and inaccessible. All the time, this other boy had been watching, aware of him.

Related Characters: Charles Kingshaw (speaker), Edmund Hooper (speaker), Anthony Fielding (speaker)
Page Number: 175
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Kingshaw nodded, numb before this battery of experience, bewildered by so many sights and smells and terrible truths, but still willing to be led by Fielding, to be shown everything at once.

Related Characters: Charles Kingshaw, Anthony Fielding
Page Number: 178
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Chapter 15 Quotes

His terror of Crawford had been absolute. Afterwards, he had not dared to tell anyone. Hooper wasn't like Crawford, the things he did were different, his threats were in many ways worse. His reign was one of terror, Crawford's had been one of simple brutality.

Related Characters: Charles Kingshaw, Edmund Hooper, Crawford
Page Number: 188-189
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Chapter 16 Quotes

From the doorway, watching them, Kingshaw thought, Hooper believes him, he isn't going to make him open the case and put his hand on one, he isn't going to make him prove it, he just believes him. That's the way Fielding is, that's the way you should be, It had been different with him. Hooper had known, from the very first moment he had looked into Fielding’s face, that it would all be easy, that he would always be able to make him afraid. Why, thought Kingshaw, why? His eyes suddenly pricked with tears, at the unfairness of it. WHY?

Page Number: 213
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Chapter 17 Quotes

'Something will happen to you, Kingshaw.'
The letters were printed in thick, black felt pen, and under- lined again and again. In spite of the fear that had gone on and on for so long, it was suddenly worse again now, as he read Hooper’s message, it darted through like a fresh toothache, and he screwed up the paper and sent it as far away from him as he could across the room, and then flung himself into his bed, pushing his face under the covers and trembling.
The nightmares began.

Related Characters: Charles Kingshaw, Edmund Hooper
Page Number: 220-221
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For a second, he hesitated, part of his mind starting to come awake. And then he thought of everything, of what else would happen, he thought of the things Hooper had done and what he was going to do, of the new school and the wedding of his mother. He began to splash and stumble forwards, into the middle of the stream, where the water was deepest. When it had reached up to his thighs, he lay down slowly and put his face full into it and breathed in a long, careful breath.

Related Symbols: Water
Page Number: 222
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When he saw Kingshaw’s body, upside down in the water, Hooper thought suddenly, it was because of me, I did that, it was because of me, and a spurt of triumph went through him.

Related Characters: Charles Kingshaw, Edmund Hooper
Related Symbols: Water
Page Number: 222-223
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Charles Kingshaw Character Timeline in I’m the King of the Castle

The timeline below shows where the character Charles Kingshaw appears in I’m the King of the Castle. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2
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...to Warings, meaning that Edmund may finally have a friend to play with. The friend, Charles Kingshaw, is eleven years old, just like Edmund. Charles’s mother, Helena Kingshaw, has come to... (full context)
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As Edmund prepares to meet Charles and Helena, he realizes that he remembers nothing about his own mother. He also decides,... (full context)
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When Helena Kingshaw arrives at Warings with her son Charles, her first impression of Joseph is that he’s been alone for too long. Joseph calls... (full context)
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A short while later, Edmund stands alone with Charles in Charles’s new room. He asks Charles, “Why have you come here?” Charles blushes. Edmund... (full context)
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Edmund asks Charles about his father, and Charles explains that his father was a pilot who fought in... (full context)
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Edmund asks Charles where he went to school, and Charles tells him about his school in Wales. Then,... (full context)
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A moment later, the fight ends. Edmund orders Charles, who now has a bloody nose, to leave him alone. Charles insists that Edmund’s father... (full context)
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Charles, his heart beating fast, is unsettled: he has never encountered anything like Edmund’s hostility or... (full context)
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Edmund, who has a large bruise on his cheekbone, looks coldly at Charles. He says, “You still needn’t think you’re wanted here” and then walks out. Alone, Charles... (full context)
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...that Edmund is sitting alone in his room. Joseph suggests that Edmund go play with Charles instead. Edmund doesn’t reply. He’s busy making a color-coded diagram of the Battle of Waterloo... (full context)
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Joseph orders Edmund to go play with Charles. Edmund stares at his father and thinks that he looks very old and thin. Joseph... (full context)
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...wood, Hang Wood. To the east there’s the small village of Derne. After a week, Charles feels that he knows this area well, because he’s studied it carefully on a map.... (full context)
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One day, Charles walks away from Waring to explore the wood. Walking through the fields is uncomfortable but... (full context)
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Charles walks through the field while, high over his head, crows circle. The crows are large,... (full context)
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Charles hesitates and the turns back to the house. There, he finds Edmund, who tells him,... (full context)
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Charles remembers being five years old and going with his father to a swimming pool. At... (full context)
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Edmund walks out of Charles’s room, slamming the door behind him. He’s charmed by “having Kingshaw here, thinking of things... (full context)
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Charles wakes up late at night, still thinking about Edmund. It occurs to him that Edmund... (full context)
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Edmund returns the crow to the attic. He knows that Charles must have woken up and seen the crow but didn’t scream. At breakfast, Charles finds... (full context)
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Later that day, Edmund offers to show Charles the Red Room. Charles doesn’t want to go into the room, but instead of saying... (full context)
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Charles tries to open a window and sneak out of the room, splitting his thumbnail doing... (full context)
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Charles tells himself that his torture will end someday. He remembers going to school at the... (full context)
Chapter 4
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One day, while Edmund is visiting London with Joseph, Charles finds “the room.” This room of the house is small and seems to serve no... (full context)
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That day, Charles begins building a model of a ship. He enjoys being alone, since other people can... (full context)
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Charles has never hated anyone before, but now he realizes that he hates Edmund. He’s frightened... (full context)
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Meanwhile, on a train back from London, Joseph asks Edmund about his friendship with Charles. Edmund replies, “I can’t help it if he locks himself up, can I?” Joseph asks... (full context)
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On the train, Joseph muses that he should talk to Charles’s mother, and posits that Charles is shy. Edmund shrugs again and resumes reading his comic... (full context)
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Joseph suggests that Edmund take Charles on an “expedition” beyond the house. This makes Joseph think of his own childhood, during... (full context)
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Back at Warings, Charles goes to bed early and makes “plans.” He tells himself, “it won’t go on forever.”... (full context)
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One morning soon after, Joseph greets Charles and shows him some games that he has found. Joseph suggests that Charles and Edmund... (full context)
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Charles and Edmund sit inside on a rainy day, holding the board games. Charles half-wonders if... (full context)
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After lunch, Charles goes upstairs to the doll room, carrying a small bag. He finds Edmund waiting outside.... (full context)
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Inside the room, Edmund looks around. He asks Charles what he has in his bag. He snatches the bag from Charles and finds matches... (full context)
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Edmund threatens to tell his father what Charles has been working on. But Charles points out that, since “I haven’t said anything,” Edmund... (full context)
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For the next week, Charles thinks over his conversation with Edmund. He’s been working on this plan for a while,... (full context)
Chapter 5
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One day, Helena Kingshaw excitedly tells Charles that she’s going to London with Joseph for a day. Charles recognizes that this is... (full context)
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Charles decides that he’ll leave at dawn. He’s sure that nobody will even check in his... (full context)
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Charles sets his alarm clock for 5:30 am. He has packed some food in an old... (full context)
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Charles wakes up at 4 am, feeling very afraid. He knows that he should think of... (full context)
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Charles get out of bed and sneaks outside, past the yew trees. He turns around and... (full context)
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Charles nears the woods outside Warings. He remembers how Edmund dared him to come here—and this... (full context)
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As he stands on the edge of the wood, Charles feels proud of himself for packing his satchel and leaving the house. At school, he... (full context)
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Charles jumps over the ditch that surrounds the wood. He closes his eyes and takes a... (full context)
Chapter 6
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Charles walks through the wood, and finds that he likes it. It’s isolated from the rest... (full context)
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Suddenly, Charles hears a strange sound, perhaps the sound of an animal. He peers into the distance,... (full context)
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Charles asks Edmund how he knew to follow him this morning, and Edmund jeers that it... (full context)
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Charles begins walking, and Edmund follows. Charles wonders what Edmund will try to do to him,... (full context)
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...two boys walk through the wood, getting sweaty and tired. They hear a sudden sound. Charles notices that Edmund is sweating, and realizes, “there is blood and water inside him.” He’s... (full context)
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The deer moves away, and Edmund follows it. Charles follows Edmund, furious that Edmund has taken over the “expedition.” He realizes that, on some... (full context)
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The two boys follow the deer. Suddenly, Edmund stops and asks what’s going on. Charles hears fear in Edmund’s voice, and realizes that he’s leader again. Edmund cries that they’re... (full context)
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Edmund and Charles, together in the wood, decide that they’ll have to seek shelter from the impending storm.... (full context)
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Charles removes his anorak (i.e., parka) from his bag and calmly tells Edmund to follow. He... (full context)
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As the boys walk, Charles notices a dead rabbit. Edmund asks Charles if he’s ever seen a dead animal or... (full context)
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The boys walk toward the stream, and Edmund slips on the wet ground, sliding downhill. Charles walks after him. Edmund gets up, claiming that he’s found the stream and that he... (full context)
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...shaking, says that he’s tired of walking, and that he doesn’t like the dark wood. Charles calls Edmund a baby. He doesn’t like the dark wood either, but he refuses to... (full context)
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Abruptly, Edmund removes his clothes and announces that he’s going to swim in the stream. Charles realizes, once again, that Edmund treats the expedition through the woods as a game, nothing... (full context)
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...but the sun is going down. Edmund cries out that he has hurt his toenail. Charles offers to get an adhesive bandage from his satchel, and Edmund accepts. As Charles leaves... (full context)
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Charles rummages through his bag and suggests that he and Edmund build a fire. He explains... (full context)
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Edmund walks toward Charles and tells Charles not to get cocky, since he can tell that Charles is still... (full context)
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Edmund asks where they are, and Charles replies that they must still be in Hang Wood. Edmund denies this—they’ve probably walked into... (full context)
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Charles remembers the string he packed, and tells Edmund that he’s leaving to see how far... (full context)
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Charles unravels the string, walking into the distance. He notices a rabbit and wonders if he... (full context)
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Charles considers walking away from Edmund for good, without even using the string. He’s confident that... (full context)
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Charles rummages through Edmund’s satchel and finds a cup and three white tablets, which he assumes... (full context)
Chapter 8
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Alone in the forest, Charles and Edmund notice that it’s getting dark. Edmund accuses Charles of having “nits” and adds... (full context)
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Charles has caught a fish to eat: he pulls it out of the water and, rather... (full context)
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Charles cooks the fish by piercing it on a stick. The fish tastes bad—Edmund spits it... (full context)
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Edmund mocks Charles for having a mother who kisses him goodnight. Charles points out that Edmund doesn’t even... (full context)
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Edmund asks Charles, “Has your mother gone after a lot of people … the way she’s gone after... (full context)
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Later that night, Edmund is fast asleep. Charles has given him his anorak as a pillow. Charles feels “protective” toward Edmund. He also... (full context)
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When Charles wakes up, it’s still dark. He hears Edmund crying out in his sleep: he says,... (full context)
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Edmund swallows the last aspirin. Charles tells him that they’ll have to stay in place if Edmund is still sick tomorrow.... (full context)
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Charles feels a sudden urge to press his advantage. He bellows, “Shut up, Hooper … I’ll... (full context)
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Late the next morning, Charles and Edmund wake up, and Charles notices that Edmund has a nasty greenish bruise on... (full context)
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As Charles wades into the water, he hears the bark of a dog. His first reaction is... (full context)
Chapter 10
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Back at Warings, Edmund claims that Charles punched him and pushed him into the water. Helena Kingshaw believes Edmund and becomes very... (full context)
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Helena sends Charles to his room as punishment, even as Charles continues to insist that he didn’t hurt... (full context)
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As Charles leaves to go upstairs, Edmund makes a “babyish face” and accuses Charles of being a... (full context)
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Alone in his room, Charles realizes how exhausted he is. He thinks about his mother and realizes that she and... (full context)
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Helena asks Charles why he ran off into the woods. He shrugs and wishes that she would just... (full context)
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Helena begins to say that she has something important to tell Charles. But then she thinks better of it, and falls silent. She only says, “I have... (full context)
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Charles sits at the breakfast table with his mother and Joseph. As he sits, he thinks,... (full context)
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In the following days, Charles tries his best to avoid Edmund. He wanders around the house, trying to stay as... (full context)
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As he sits in the dark, Charles thinks about going to school with Edmund, and suddenly he hears a truck driving by... (full context)
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Charles dreams about a Punch and Judy puppet show. He sits on the beach with his... (full context)
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Edmund teases Charles for sitting alone in the dark. He brags that he has the key to the... (full context)
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...later, Edmund opens the shed door and shouts, “It’s lunchtime and we’re late.” Slowly, numbly, Charles gets up and walks back to the house. Inside, Edmund merrily tells Helena, “We were... (full context)
Chapter 12
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Helena Kingshaw contemplates the trips she’s about to take with Joseph, Charles, and Edmund. Joseph will drive them all in his car. Joseph has told Helena to... (full context)
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In the car, Charles stares out the window. He, Edmund, Joseph, and Helena are driving to Leydell Castle. Joseph... (full context)
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At the castle, Edmund asks Charles what he’s going to do. Charles says he’s going to climb up the castle, and... (full context)
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Edmund appears—he has climbed up to the top of the castle. Charles announces that he’s climbing down. Then, he realizes that Edmund’s face is pale—he’s terrified. Charles... (full context)
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Charles decides to guide Edmund back down to the ground. He doesn’t want to frighten Edmund.... (full context)
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Charles watches Edmund fall, as if in slow motion. They’re only as high up as they... (full context)
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Charles is sure that Edmund is dead—and he’s sure that it’s his fault. He decided against... (full context)
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Charles goes back to Warings with Joseph and Helena. In the car, he remembers being eight... (full context)
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Helena doesn’t speak to Charles in the car. Suddenly, Charles says, “I didn’t push him. I didn’t touch him at... (full context)
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Back at the house, Helena tells Charles that she’s going to the hospital and that Mrs. Boland will be taking care of... (full context)
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Night falls, and Helena and Joseph still haven’t come back from the hospital. Charles and Alice Boland watch television together. The film playing on television shows a blind man... (full context)
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Alice Boland tells Charles that it’s time to go to bed. She notices that Charles’s face is “peaky.” She... (full context)
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Alone in his room, Charles thinks about how he won’t have to avoid Edmund from now on. He’ll have the... (full context)
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...he couldn’t have “managed” without her. Helena says, “If only it had not been for Charles,” but Joseph replies, “I will not have that … There is to be no blame.” (full context)
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Charles dreams about a hand clawing at him. He runs away from the hand, toward a... (full context)
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Helena and Joseph take Charles back to bed and wish him goodnight. He falls asleep, and when he wakes up... (full context)
Chapter 14
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A few days later, Helena tells Charles that she’ll be going back to the hospital. Mrs. Boland will take care of Charles... (full context)
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Alone, Charles thinks about a boy named Fenwick. The two of them went to school around the... (full context)
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Helena suggests that Charles buy Edmund a “little present” with his pocket money. Charles refuses and says, “I hate... (full context)
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Charles spends most of the week alone, making a model of a fort. Mrs. Boland brings... (full context)
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Helena tells herself that Charles is saying unpleasant things about Edmund because he’s shocked. She forces herself not to worry.... (full context)
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Charles completes the jigsaw puzzle he’s been working on, and then breaks it up into pieces.... (full context)
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Charles wanders through the area outside Warings, and comes to a church. Inside, on the red... (full context)
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...says, “What’s the matter with you?” A boy with a “small, brown face” insists that Charles isn’t allowed to go past the altar rail. He asks if Charles lives with the... (full context)
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A van drives by, and the boy nods to the man inside. It occurs to Charles that this boy has been watching him the entire time he’s been at Warings. Charles... (full context)
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The boy challenges Charles to a mock-naval battle. He shows Charles how to break the heads off of some... (full context)
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Charles witnesses the calf’s birth. He feels sick, but he also tells himself that he won’t... (full context)
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Fielding introduces Charles to his mother, and asks his mother if Charles can stay for dinner—she smiles and... (full context)
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Later that day, Charles is with Fielding. Charles explains how he ran away into Hang Wood. Fielding is impressed... (full context)
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The next day, Edmund does not come home, because he has a fever. Charles spends the day with Fielding. He imitates the way Fielding sucks a straw, noting, “He... (full context)
Chapter 15
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Edmund returns to Warings, where he must spend his time in bed. Helena tells Charles that he should spend time with Edmund, but Charles refuses. Helena tells herself that Charles... (full context)
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In the following days, Edmund tells Charles that the doctors told him he could have died from the fall. He also brags... (full context)
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Edmund tells Charles that he blames him for the fall. They argue about Edmund’s fall many times. Edmund... (full context)
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Charles remembers the time a boy named Crawford beat him up. He can remember the feeling... (full context)
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Charles tries to sneak out of the house to find Fielding, but Helena catches him. Charles... (full context)
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Feeling caught in his lie, Charles goes to buy ice cream. As he buys the ice cream, he remembers the previous... (full context)
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Suddenly, Charles sees Fielding, sitting in a big van. Fielding explains that he and his father are... (full context)
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Back at Warings, Edmund tells Charles that he knows about Fielding—Helena told him. He adds, “Your mother tells me lots of... (full context)
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A short while later, Joseph takes Charles and Edmund by train into London to pick up school uniforms. As they sit together,... (full context)
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In London, Joseph points out the various sights, and Charles privately thinks that he doesn’t like being here with Joseph. In the department store, while... (full context)
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Back at Warings, Edmund plays with the model fort that Charles built. Furious, Charles complains that Joseph gave his model to Edmund. As Charles yells, Joseph... (full context)
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Upstairs, Charles kicks open Edmund’s room and demands that Edmund give back the model. Instead, Edmund laughs... (full context)
Chapter 16
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Charles hears his mother on the phone. He’s not quite sure what she means by “the... (full context)
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Charles remembers Miss Mellitt, an old woman who lived in the hotel. Late at night, he... (full context)
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A few days later, Charles feels anxious. Joseph is driving Charles and Edmund away from Warings, and Helena assures them... (full context)
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A few days earlier, Edmund announced that he knew something Charles didn’t know. Gleefully, he told Charles that Joseph was going to be Charles’s stepfather, since... (full context)
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Joseph drives Helena and the boys out to a “muddy field.” Charles, sensing what the surprise will be, becomes very afraid. Helena merrily says that Charles “used... (full context)
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Charles can see that Joseph has driven them to a circus. They sit very close to... (full context)
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A few days later, Helena tells Charles that she’s spoken to Fielding’s mother and invited her son, whose full name is Anthony... (full context)
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Charles wonders what tea with Fielding will be like. He decides that Edmund won’t be able... (full context)
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Joseph and Helena talk about their wedding—they plan to marry in September, just before Charles and Edmund go off to school together. (full context)
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...visit to Warings, Edmund offers to show Fielding inside the Red Room, and adds that Charles is very scared of what’s inside. In the Red Room, Fielding is delighted by the... (full context)
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...with the moth collection. Joseph suggested selling the collection, but Helena argued, within earshot of Charles, that they should keep the moths, since the boys might one day want them. In... (full context)
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...the Red Room, Edmund suggests that Fielding come look at his “battle plans.” Fielding asks Charles if he wants to. Then, Edmund suggests that they all go into the attic, adding... (full context)
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Edmund tells Fielding not to pay attention to Charles. He tells Fielding that he wants to show Fielding something private. Fielding hesitates and then... (full context)
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Charles goes into Edmund’s bedroom, where a battle chart is mounted on an easel. The chart... (full context)
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In five days, Charles thinks, he and Edmund will go to their new school. But this, he decides, isn’t... (full context)
Chapter 17
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Warings is full of suitcases: Charles and Edmund are almost ready to leave for school. Edmund looks at Charles all day,... (full context)
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...came back from Fielding’s farm, he didn’t say anything about his chart disappearing. This unnerved CharlesCharles had expected Edmund to be angry and complain to his father. As the days went... (full context)
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Late at night, only a few hours before he’s supposed to leave for school, Charles wakes up. He hears the sound of paper scraping on the ground. He notices a... (full context)
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Charles wakes up very early. He gets out of bed and walks outside to the field.... (full context)
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...morning, Helena wakes up, happy that her son is about to leave for school. Meanwhile, Charles arrives at the clearing in the wood by the stream, where the stones from the... (full context)
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A short while later, Edmund finds Charles. As soon as it was discovered that Charles was missing, Edmund knew where to look... (full context)