I’m the King of the Castle

Edmund Hooper Character Analysis

Edmund Hooper is, along with Charles Kingshaw, one of the two central characters in I’m the King of the Castle. Though Edmund is only eleven years old for most of the novel, he’s spiteful, greedy, and sadistic—possessed of a capacity for pure evil, it seems, which sets him apart from the two other children in the novel. Edmund’s evil arguably stems from his relationship to his property: because he is the heir of Warings (the Hoopers’ manor), he believes that he has the right to inflict pain and suffering on Charles Kingshaw, whom he sees as an irritating outsider who has no right to live at Warings. Edmund is obsessed with death and the macabre, as evidenced by his fascination with stuffed birds and his family’s collection of moths. He also has a tremendous talent for lying convincingly, which he often does with the goal of getting Charles in trouble. Edmund embodies a strange mixture of adult-like cunning and manipulation with purely childish behavior and impulses—for example, he wets his pants because he’s afraid of heights. It is this combination of precocity and immaturity—a preternatural talent for evil, paired with some embarrassing habits that many boys of eleven have outgrown already—that makes Edmund such a monstrous character. (It’s also worth noting the ironic contrast between Edmund’s aristocratic sense of entitlement and his surname, which, in English tradition, is associated with barrel-makers—in other words, humble, working class people.)

Edmund Hooper Quotes in I’m the King of the Castle

The I’m the King of the Castle quotes below are all either spoken by Edmund Hooper or refer to Edmund Hooper. 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 1 Quotes

It was an ordinary house, he thought, an ugly house, nothing to boast of. But the idea that it was his, the idea of a family history, pleased him.

Related Characters: Edmund Hooper
Related Symbols: Warings
Page Number: 10
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He stretched out his hand, put his finger under the head of the pin and slid it up, out of the thick, striped body. At once, the whole moth, already years dead, disintegrated, collapsing into a soft, formless heap of dark dust.

Related Characters: Edmund Hooper
Related Symbols: Moths, The Red Room
Page Number: 15
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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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Perhaps I should strike him, Joseph Hooper thought, for speaking to me in that way, perhaps it is very foolish to let him get the upper hand, to allow such insolence. I do not like his supercilious expression. I should assert myself. But he knew that he would not. He deliberated too long, and then it could not be done.

Related Characters: Edmund Hooper, Joseph Hooper
Page Number: 25
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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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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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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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Oh, don't, don’t . . . Mummy! Mummy! Mummy! . . .'His voice rose suddenly to a scream, and he sat up, still asleep, drumming his legs. His eyes were screwed tight shut. 'Mummy! Mummy! Mummy! . . .'

Related Characters: Edmund Hooper (speaker)
Page Number: 117
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Chapter 10 Quotes

‘I want an aspirin. My head hurts again.'
'You shall have one, dear.' Mrs Helena Kingshaw jumped up. I shall not make a favourite of my own child, she thought, especially when all the blame for this lies with him.

Related Characters: Edmund Hooper (speaker), Helena Kingshaw (speaker)
Page Number: 131
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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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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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Edmund Hooper Character Timeline in I’m the King of the Castle

The timeline below shows where the character Edmund Hooper appears in I’m the King of the Castle. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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...man named Joseph Hooper goes to visit his dying father and takes his young son, Edmund Hooper. The boy’s visit is quick and not particularly emotional. Joseph reminds Edmund that he’s... (full context)
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After Edmund’s grandfather dies, Joseph moves into the house with Edmund. He tells Edmund that he won’t... (full context)
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Joseph instructs Edmund never to go into the Red Room, explaining that there are lots of old, valuable... (full context)
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Joseph thinks that Edmund is a lot like Ellen Hooper, Joseph’s wife, who died six years ago. Their marriage... (full context)
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...Joseph has now inherited from his father, is called Warings, and it was built by Edmund’s great-grandfather, meaning that “it was not very old.” Back in those days, the Hoopers were... (full context)
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...he had to sell all his other land to afford his new house. Joseph tells Edmund that Edmund should be proud of his family history, but Edmund doesn’t see why. From... (full context)
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Edmund has chosen to sleep in a small, dark room at the back of the house,... (full context)
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Edmund uses the key to enter the Red Room. Inside, he finds shelves of books, mostly... (full context)
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...Even then, Joseph knew he would never be able to do so. However, Joseph tells Edmund that it was a “splendid thing” that Edmund’s grandfather was so famous. Deep down, Joseph... (full context)
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Late at night, Edmund walks through the Red Room, looking at the moths in their cases. He knows that... (full context)
Chapter 2
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Joseph Hooper announces to Edmund that people are coming to Warings, meaning that Edmund may finally have a friend to... (full context)
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As Edmund prepares to meet Charles and Helena, he realizes that he remembers nothing about his own... (full context)
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...first impression of Joseph is that he’s been alone for too long. Joseph calls for Edmund. Edmund, who can see the Kingshaws from his window, writes something on a piece of... (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... (full context)
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Edmund asks Charles about his father, and Charles explains that his father was a pilot who... (full context)
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Edmund asks Charles where he went to school, and Charles tells him about his school in... (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... (full context)
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Charles, his heart beating fast, is unsettled: he has never encountered anything like Edmund’s hostility or self-possession before. He wants to communicate to Edmund that he’ll do anything Edmund... (full context)
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Edmund, who has a large bruise on his cheekbone, looks coldly at Charles. He says, “You... (full context)
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A few days later, Joseph notices that Edmund is sitting alone in his room. Joseph suggests that Edmund go play with Charles instead.... (full context)
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Joseph orders Edmund to go play with Charles. Edmund stares at his father and thinks that he looks... (full context)
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A short while later, Edmund comes downstairs and orders Charles to follow him. Charles refuses, but then his mother walks... (full context)
Chapter 3
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...the wood. Walking through the fields is uncomfortable but still better than spending time with Edmund. Though he senses that he should go back, he wants to prove to himself that... (full context)
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...screams, and the bird flies away. Suddenly, Charles looks back at the house and sees Edmund staring at him from his window. (full context)
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Charles hesitates and the turns back to the house. There, he finds Edmund, who tells him, “You were scared. You were running away.” He mocks Charles for being... (full context)
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Edmund walks out of Charles’s room, slamming the door behind him. He’s charmed by “having Kingshaw... (full context)
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Charles wakes up late at night, still thinking about Edmund. It occurs to him that Edmund isn’t used to being a bully yet—he’s just learning.... (full context)
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Edmund returns the crow to the attic. He knows that Charles must have woken up and... (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,... (full context)
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...they’re too old. He tells himself that he must not shout for help, or else Edmund will have won. Sitting by himself, Charles realizes that it’s important for him to stand... (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... (full context)
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...people can be cruel. He thinks about the postcard he’s received from a boy named Devereux, who lives in Norfolk, explaining that he’s been sailing lately. Charles wishes he could be... (full context)
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Charles has never hated anyone before, but now he realizes that he hates Edmund. He’s frightened of his hatred, and wishes the feeling would disappear. But he knows that... (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... (full context)
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...Joseph muses that he should talk to Charles’s mother, and posits that Charles is shy. Edmund shrugs again and resumes reading his comic book, about a “Marsh Monster.” Privately, Edmund is... (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... (full context)
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...Charles and shows him some games that he has found. Joseph suggests that Charles and Edmund should play them together. Helena Kingshaw, who’s listening, exclaims, “What a good idea!” and Joseph... (full context)
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Charles and Edmund sit inside on a rainy day, holding the board games. Charles half-wonders if they’ll become... (full context)
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After lunch, Charles goes upstairs to the doll room, carrying a small bag. He finds Edmund waiting outside. Edmund demands to know where the key to the room is, and adds,... (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... (full context)
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Edmund threatens to tell his father what Charles has been working on. But Charles points out... (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, but now Edmund says that he’ll... (full context)
Chapter 5
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Charles nears the woods outside Warings. He remembers how Edmund dared him to come here—and this dare, he knows, “had been the start of it... (full context)
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...peers into the distance, and the sound gets louder—it sounds like laughter. Then, he sees Edmund Hooper standing by a tree. Somehow, Edmund has managed to follow him into the wood. (full context)
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Charles asks Edmund how he knew to follow him this morning, and Edmund jeers that it was obvious... (full context)
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Charles begins walking, and Edmund follows. Charles wonders what Edmund will try to do to him, but then realizes that... (full context)
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...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 reassured, in a... (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... (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... (full context)
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Edmund and Charles, together in the wood, decide that they’ll have to seek shelter from the... (full context)
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Charles removes his anorak (i.e., parka) from his bag and calmly tells Edmund to follow. He finds a thick patch of bushes and crawls underneath, telling Edmund that... (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 person before, and Charles says... (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... (full context)
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As the boys walk by the stream, the wood gets darker. Eventually, Edmund stops and, his voice shaking, says that he’s tired of walking, and that he doesn’t... (full context)
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Abruptly, Edmund removes his clothes and announces that he’s going to swim in the stream. Charles realizes,... (full context)
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After a long while, the boys are still swimming, but the sun is going down. Edmund cries out that he has hurt his toenail. Charles offers to get an adhesive bandage... (full context)
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Charles rummages through his bag and suggests that he and Edmund build a fire. He explains how to gather stones to build a hearth, and as... (full context)
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Edmund walks toward Charles and tells Charles not to get cocky, since he can tell that... (full context)
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Edmund asks where they are, and Charles replies that they must still be in Hang Wood.... (full context)
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Charles remembers the string he packed, and tells Edmund that he’s leaving to see how far they are from the edge of the forest.... (full context)
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Charles considers walking away from Edmund for good, without even using the string. He’s confident that he could survive on his... (full context)
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Charles rummages through Edmund’s satchel and finds a cup and three white tablets, which he assumes must be aspirins.... (full context)
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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 that his... (full context)
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...his penknife, lets die slowly on the grass. As the fish writhes on the grass, Edmund accuses Charles of letting him die—had he not gone off to explore, Edmund might not... (full context)
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Charles cooks the fish by piercing it on a stick. The fish tastes bad—Edmund spits it out, but Charles eats a little. Edmund complains that Charles is supposed to... (full context)
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Edmund mocks Charles for having a mother who kisses him goodnight. Charles points out that Edmund... (full context)
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Edmund asks Charles, “Has your mother gone after a lot of people … the way she’s... (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”... (full context)
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When Charles wakes up, it’s still dark. He hears Edmund crying out in his sleep: he says, “Mummy! Mummy! Mummy!” Charles wakes up Edmund and... (full context)
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Edmund swallows the last aspirin. Charles tells him that they’ll have to stay in place if... (full context)
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...his advantage. He bellows, “Shut up, Hooper … I’ll bash your head in.” Charles straddles Edmund and threatens to hit him if he says anything else. Edmund begins to cry. Charles... (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 his head.... (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... (full context)
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...to his room as punishment, even as Charles continues to insist that he didn’t hurt Edmund. Joseph, who’s been sitting quietly in the room, suggests that Charles and Edmund play draughts,... (full context)
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As Charles leaves to go upstairs, Edmund makes a “babyish face” and accuses Charles of being a bully. Charles realizes that there... (full context)
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...a little talk” with Charles. She tells Charles that he should be sorry for hurting Edmund, especially since Joseph is “quite fond of you.” (full context)
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...is on his mind, but Charles replies, “I’m all right.” He stresses that he hates Edmund. Helena seems confused, asking “Whatever can poor Edmund have done to you?” Charles thinks, ‘He... (full context)
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...in his room, Charles thinks, “They will be getting married.” This means that he and Edmund will be brothers. (full context)
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...my father.” Suddenly, Joseph gives Charles some news: Charles will be going to school with Edmund from now on. (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 far as possible from Edmund. One... (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 the shed. He pounds on the door... (full context)
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...a Punch and Judy puppet show. He sits on the beach with his school friend Devereux, while the puppets murmur, “Kingshaw” again and again. Suddenly, Charles wakes up, and realizes that... (full context)
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Edmund teases Charles for sitting alone in the dark. He brags that he has the key... (full context)
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A moment later, Edmund opens the shed door and shouts, “It’s lunchtime and we’re late.” Slowly, numbly, Charles gets... (full context)
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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 rest and... (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 boasts about having packed guidebooks—he has... (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... (full context)
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Edmund appears—he has climbed up to the top of the castle. Charles announces that he’s climbing... (full context)
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Charles decides to guide Edmund back down to the ground. He doesn’t want to frighten Edmund. Charles reaches out his... (full context)
Chapter 13
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Charles watches Edmund fall, as if in slow motion. They’re only as high up as they might be... (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 pushing Edmund, but he... (full context)
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...ashamed that you were not sensible enough to realize what might happen.” Charles says that Edmund is a baby and frightened of heights. (full context)
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...sound from the television. Charles thinks about how, soon, he’ll be going to school without Edmund, since he thinks Edmund is probably dead. (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 entire house to himself—and in fact, he’ll be the... (full context)
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...dry his tears and give him a hot drink. Charles tries to explain, “It’s because [Edmund’s] dead.” Helena explains that Edmund isn’t dead. (full context)
Chapter 14
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...his mother’s statements will a simple “Yes” or “All right.” Helena suggests that Charles visit Edmund tomorrow, but Charles says “I’m not going.” (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 Hooper. He’s... (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. Joseph advises her to remain calm,... (full context)
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...he’s been working on, and then breaks it up into pieces. The puzzle came from Edmund’s room, and so he’s careful to return it to its proper place. He’s sure that... (full context)
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In the hospital, Edmund, who has a broken leg, plays board games with Helena. He’s pleased that Helena comes... (full context)
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...He’s only praying for forgiveness because he’s afraid of the dark, empty church. He fears Edmund, he decides, more than he fears anything. (full context)
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...this boy has been watching him the entire time he’s been at Warings. Charles and Edmund have been “on the moon” while, all along, there’s been a whole world outside of... (full context)
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...looks uncomfortable and Fielding says, “You needn’t, if you don’t like it.” Charles realizes that Edmund would have teased him and called him a baby. Charles says, “I’m all right,” and... (full context)
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...Fieldings’ house. Charles rides back to Warings, where he finds Helena. Helena tells him that Edmund is coming home tomorrow. (full context)
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...himself, and adds that even his older brother wouldn’t have done so. Charles explains that Edmund Hooper met him there, and Fielding asks Charles if he’s frightened of Edmund—Charles hesitates and... (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.... (full context)
Chapter 15
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Edmund returns to Warings, where he must spend his time in bed. Helena tells Charles that... (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... (full context)
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Edmund tells Charles that he blames him for the fall. They argue about Edmund’s fall many... (full context)
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...him up. He can remember the feeling of Crawford’s fists hitting his face and belly. Edmund is even more frightening than Crawford, because he controls Charles through terror, not violence. (full context)
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...sighs and tells him to go—in the meantime, she claims, she’s going to check on Edmund. (full context)
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...buy ice cream. As he buys the ice cream, he remembers the previous night, when Edmund told him that Joseph would be paying for Charles’s school uniform. Charles remembers Helena telling... (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... (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, Joseph thinks... (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... (full context)
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Upstairs, Charles kicks open Edmund’s room and demands that Edmund give back the model. Instead, Edmund laughs and throws the... (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 that they’re in for a “lovely treat.” Charles... (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... (full context)
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Charles wonders what tea with Fielding will be like. He decides that Edmund won’t be able to frighten or embarrass Fielding, since Fielding is “invulnerable.” (full context)
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...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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During Fielding’s visit to Warings, Edmund offers to show Fielding inside the Red Room, and adds that Charles is very scared... (full context)
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Back in the Red Room, Edmund suggests that Fielding come look at his “battle plans.” Fielding asks Charles if he wants... (full context)
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Edmund tells Fielding not to pay attention to Charles. He tells Fielding that he wants to... (full context)
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Charles goes into Edmund’s bedroom, where a battle chart is mounted on an easel. The chart shows different battle... (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 worth thinking about. (full context)
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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, but Charles... (full context)
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When Edmund came back from Fielding’s farm, he didn’t say anything about his chart disappearing. This unnerved... (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... (full context)
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Helena puts her arm around Edmund and tells him that everything is all right. Edmund smells Helena’s “perfumey smell” and listens... (full context)