It

It

by

Stephen King

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One of the trio of bullies, including “Belch” Huggins and Victor Criss, who torment members of the self-identified Losers’ Club. Bowers is a large boy and stands out as the leader of the pack; he is also its most violent member. He wears his hair in a crewcut and dons a pink motorcycle jacket with an eagle on the back. He smells of sweat and Juicy Fruit gum. Angry that he has to attend summer school because Ben Hanscom refused to allow him to cheat during a math test, Henry attempts to carve his name into Ben’s stomach. Henry is the son of Butch Bowers, whom he is convicted of killing in the fall of 1958. Henry is also found guilty of killing his friends Victor Criss and “Belch” Huggins, as well as Patrick Hocksetter and Veronica Grogan, whose underwear is found tucked under Henry’s mattress. Henry is sent to Juniper Hill, a facility for the criminally insane.

Henry Bowers Quotes in It

The It quotes below are all either spoken by Henry Bowers or refer to Henry Bowers . 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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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Scribner edition of It published in 2017.
Chapter 12 Quotes

Then they were all babbling together, laughing at him, calling him banana-heels, asking him how he'd liked the shock-treatments they'd given him when he came up here to the Red Ward, asking him if he liked it here at Juh-Juh-hooniper Hill, asking and laughing, laughing and asking, and Henry dropped his hoe and began to scream up at the ghost-moon in the blue sky and at first he was screaming in fury and then the moon itself changed and became the face of the clown, its face a rotted pocked cheesy white, its eyes black holes, its red bloody grin turned up in a smile so obscenely ingenuous that it was insupportable, and so then Henry began to scream not in fury but in mortal terror and the voice of the clown spoke from the ghost-moon now and what it said was You have to go back, Henry. You have to go back and finish the job. You have to go back to Derry and kill them all. For Me. For—.

Page Number: 624-625
Explanation and Analysis:
Chapter 13 Quotes

In Henry's ears, it was a constant litany: the nigger, the nigger, the nigger. Everything was the nigger's fault. The nigger had a nice white house with an upstairs and an oil furnace while Butch and his wife and his son lived in what was not much better than a tarpaper shack. When Butch couldn't make enough money farming and had to go to work in the woods for awhile, it was the nigger's fault. When their well went dry in 1956, it was the nigger's fault.

Related Characters: Will Hanlon , Henry Bowers
Page Number: 673
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Chapter 19 Quotes

He would kill them all, his tormentors, and then those feelings—that he was losing his grip, that he was coming inexorably to a larger world he would not be able to dominate as he had dominated the playyard at Derry Elementary, that in the wider world the fatboy and the nigger and the stuttering freak might somehow grow larger while he somehow only grew older—would be gone.

Page Number: 964
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Chapter 21 Quotes

Bill marked it as a paper boat. Stan saw it as a bird rising toward the sky—a phoenix, perhaps. Michael saw a hooded face—that of crazy Butch Bowers, perhaps, if it could only be seen. Richie saw two eyes behind a pair of spectacles. Beverly saw a hand doubled up into a fist. Eddie believed it to be the face of the leper, all sunken eyes and wrinkled snarling mouth—all disease, all sickness, was stamped into that face. Ben Hanscom saw a tattered pile of wrappings and seemed to smell old sour spices […] Henry Bowers would see it as the moon, full, ripe…and black.

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Henry Bowers Character Timeline in It

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Chapter 3: Six Phone Calls
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...Derry sends him into a flashback of his childhood—particularly being bullied by Victor Criss and Henry Bowers. (full context)
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...butterball.” He talks about how he was bullied by Reginald “Belch” Huggins, Victor Criss, and Henry Bowers, then lifts his shirt to show the “H” that Bowers carved into his stomach.... (full context)
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...the cabbie to Penn Station. On the way, he recalls memories of Patrick Hocksetter and Henry Bowers. He wonders where Henry is now and figures that he is probably in prison... (full context)
Chapter 4: Ben Hanscom Takes a Fall
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...a pleasure it has been to have him in her class. When Ben thanks her, Henry Bowers mocks him from the back of the classroom. Ben notices that Henry’s name has... (full context)
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...steps for a moment longer and hurries around the building, hoping to get away from Henry Bowers. School has just let out past noon and his mother, Arlene Hanscom, will not... (full context)
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...He walks to the Derry Public Library, not realizing that “Belch” Huggins, Victor Criss, and Henry Bowers are standing nearby. (full context)
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Henry Bowers watches Ben Hanscom cross the street to the library. Victor Criss and “Belch” Huggins... (full context)
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While Ben imagines Beverly reading the poem and offering to kiss him for writing it, Henry Bowers, Victor Criss, and “Belch” Huggins are closing in on him. Ben walks alongside a... (full context)
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“Belch” Huggins and Victor Criss look nervous. A car passes and Henry Bowers warns that if Ben yells for it, he will cut his belly open. Henry... (full context)
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Everything that happens next occurs very quickly for Ben. Henry Bowers snatches Ben’s sweatshirt all the way up to the nipples and makes a vertical... (full context)
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Henry goes flying through the air, sort of like George Reeves in Superman, then crashes to... (full context)
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Henry Bowers lets out “a horrid rusty scream.” Ben is satisfied with the pain that he... (full context)
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Henry Bowers tells the two kids he is victimizing to “shut up” and asks them if... (full context)
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...her count the books that were turned in before the vacation. Ben raises his hand. Henry Bowers calls him a “suckass.” By four o’clock dusk has arrived. Ben feels a sudden... (full context)
Chapter 5: Bill Denbrough Beats the Devil (I)
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Bill flashes back to a memory of speeding down Kansas Street on Silver. As for Henry Bowers, “Belch” Huggins, and Victor Criss, Bill has only minor problems with them. He knows... (full context)
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Eddie then asks Ben why Henry Bowers, Victor Criss, and “Belch” Huggins were chasing him. Ben explains how Bowers wanted to... (full context)
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...have met “cool” new friends. As he walks three blocks up the street, he sees Henry Bowers, Victor Criss, and “Belch” Huggins boarding a bus. Ben ducks behind a hedge and... (full context)
Chapter 7: The Dam in the Barrens
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...what his mother said about his appearance when he got home after the fight with Henry Bowers. Ben says that she was out grocery-shopping, which gave him time to wash up... (full context)
Chapter 8: Georgie’s Room and the House on Neibolt Street
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...during the show, and Richie figures this is because he has nearly been spotted by Henry Bowers, Victor Criss, and “Belch” Huggins. However, Ben has forgotten about them and is quiet... (full context)
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...wait until the show starts before going in and sitting in the balcony to avoid Henry Bowers, Victor Criss, and “Belch” Huggins. They see a double-feature. First, they watch I Was... (full context)
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As Richie, Beverly, and Ben leave the theater, Ben is confronted by Henry Bowers. Beverly tells Henry to leave Ben alone. Henry calls Beverly a “bitch” and Richie... (full context)
Chapter 11: Walking Tours
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...the book that he withdrew from the library on the day of his fight with Henry Bowers: Bulldozer by Stephen W. Meader. He sees his name amidst the list of boys... (full context)
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...and It took him. Eddie can only remember that it was something to do with Henry Bowers. Eddie then turns away, not wanting to look at the Barrens anymore. (full context)
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Richie remembers, too, an instance in which he raised the ire of Henry Bowers by laughing at him after the hulking bully slipped in a puddle and landed... (full context)
Chapter 12: Three Uninvited Guests
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...day after Mike makes first his calls to the adult members of the Losers’ Club, Henry Bowers hears voices. He is hoeing in a garden in the late afternoon. Voices are... (full context)
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Henry Bowers is in Juniper Hills because he was sent there in 1958, after being convicted... (full context)
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Henry thinks that he is responsible for killing “Belch” Huggins and Victor Criss insofar as he... (full context)
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Henry’s cell mates in the blue ward are a serial rapist and a man who has... (full context)
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Henry Bowers lies awake. He is staring intently at his nightlight. His fellow Blue Ward inmates... (full context)
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Victor Criss, or the image of him that It has assumed, tells Henry that he can kill them if they only half-believe, but Henry is real and can... (full context)
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...hotels are side-by-side and Tom and Audra’s cars are parked nose-to-nose. Both sleep now. Meanwhile, Henry Bowers has spent the day hiding along Route 9. After dark, he hitchhikes, and some... (full context)
Chapter 13: The Apocalyptic Rockfight
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Ben, Richie, Stanley, and Bill all believe that Henry Bowers hates them the most, but Henry hates all four of them equally. However, “the... (full context)
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All Henry Bowers hears from his father is how everything is Will Hanlon’s fault. When the Bowers... (full context)
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When the dog dies, Henry Bowers removes the clothesline and tells his father what he has done. Oscar “Butch” Bowers... (full context)
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...that he will be treated well as long as he treats others the same way. Henry Bowers is an exception to this rule of conduct. Mike is somewhat tall and agile... (full context)
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While running from Henry, Mike slips in some mud which Henry then rubs all over Mike, calling him “nigger.”... (full context)
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...Will Hanlon calls Mike out to the barn and warns him to stay out of Henry’s way. He tells him that “Butch” Bowers is crazy and Mike says that he thinks... (full context)
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Henry Bowers, Victor Criss, “Belch” Huggins, Peter Gordon, and Steve Sadler are chasing Mike through the... (full context)
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...got from a kid at his synagogue. Meanwhile, “Belch” Huggins and Victor Criss are helping Henry Bowers work on his father’s farm. The boys finish the farm chores and step out... (full context)
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Mike is currently being chased by Henry Bowers, “Belch” Huggins, Victor Criss, Steve Sadler, and Peter Gordon. Henry, “Belch,” and Steve, otherwise... (full context)
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Mike turns and runs across the trainyards. Henry and the other bullies climb the fence. Mike runs but hears his father’s voice, telling... (full context)
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...stop. Their faces are fixed in disbelief. Mike lobs another piece of coal that hits Henry in the throat. Henry’s face contorts and is smeared with blood and coal ash. Mike... (full context)
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Mike is still running and knows that Henry and the others are gaining on him. Mike falls down the gravel-pit and rolls to... (full context)
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Soon, the entire Losers’ Club charges the bullies and throws rocks. Henry picks up rocks, too, but they are mostly pebbles. He throws one of the larger... (full context)
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...Stanley, and Eddie fling rocks at Moose, who howls in fear and pain. “Belch” and Henry get hit again, too, forcing them into submission. Victor does the most damage to the... (full context)
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...Mike joins in on the promised effort. For the first time, Bill sees fear in Henry’s eyes. (full context)
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Henry, however, still resists the demand to leave and calls Beverly and Mike names. This prompts... (full context)
Chapter 14: The Album
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...clown looked at him was worse than any feeling he had from being chased by Henry Bowers. (full context)
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...and Ben walk to the Derry Public Library, still keeping a close watch out for Henry Bowers and his gang. Ben asks Bill if he believes Mike’s story. Bill thinks that... (full context)
Chapter 16: Eddie’s Bad Break
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...that it was something like that. Going down memory lane, Eddie mentions that it was Henry Bowers who broke his arm and asks if the others remember. Mike nods and says... (full context)
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Beverly remembers that all of Henry’s friends died on July 20th. She and Bill prompt Eddie to tell them the story... (full context)
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...Pepsi and two candy bars twenty minutes after talking to Mr. Keene. He then sees Henry Bowers, Victor Criss, "Moose" Sadler, and Patrick Hockstetter “kneeling on the crushed gravel to the... (full context)
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...activating his fillings. Through half-closed, tear-blurred eyes, Eddie sees a large hand come down on Henry’s shoulder. It belongs to Mr. Gedreau, who owns the store. He tells Henry to leave,... (full context)
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Henry then twists Eddie’s arm so hard that it breaks. Eddie hears a crack in his... (full context)
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...how it is safer to have friends. Sonia refuses to accept this and says that Henry broke Eddie’s arm because his “friends” crossed him somehow. She says that, if Eddie had... (full context)
Chapter 17: Another One of the Missing: The Death of Patrick Hockstetter
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...that there would be lots of things to shoot at there. She recalls that Patrick, Henry Bowers, Victor Criss, and “Belch” Huggins were also at the dump. She starts giggling when... (full context)
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...nearly walks up to the group before realizing that it is not her gang—it is Henry Bowers and his crew. At first, she thinks that they are naked. She ducks behind... (full context)
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...Hysterical giggles begin to bubble up in her throat. Next, she sees the boys’ penises. Henry’s is “small and hairless” but Victor’s is quite big. She thinks to herself that Bill... (full context)
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Henry screams that “Belch” has released a fart that creates a three-foot flame. Next, Patrick Hocksetter... (full context)
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Next, it is Victor’s turn, and Henry tells him that his fart made a twelve-foot flame. Victor howls with pain, saying that... (full context)
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Henry Bowers, Victor Criss, “Belch” Huggins, and Patrick Hocksetter end up lighting each other’s farts because... (full context)
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Henry and Patrick continue to light farts. Patrick then offers to show Henry something. Patrick says... (full context)
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Henry stares at Patrick’s hand “as if hypnotized.” Then, Patrick offers to perform oral sex. Henry... (full context)
Chapter 18: The Bullseye
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...stands up to reveal another scar on his chest. There is the letter “H” from Henry Bowers but also a heavy scar descending from the crossbar of the “H,” which looks... (full context)
Chapter 19: In the Watches of the Night
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...They draw closer to her, “walking cat-soft.” “Belch” Huggins and Victor Criss are grinning, but Henry Bowers looks “both vacant and serious.” He has one finger pressed over his lips in... (full context)
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Henry reaches into the pocket of his jeans and pulls out “a slim nine-inch-long instrument with... (full context)
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...with ragged hair. The shape takes another step and Mike suddenly realizes who it is: Henry Bowers. Mike notices how aged Henry is. Henry emerged from the glass corridor connecting the... (full context)
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Henry asks Mike if he ever hears voices. Henry says that he hears lots of voices... (full context)
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Henry lunges at Mike with his knife. Mike steps aside and sticks out a foot, and... (full context)
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Instead of plunging the letter opener into Henry, Mike drops to his knees and grabs at the knife. Henry rolls away and grabs... (full context)
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Mike struggles to his feet, but Henry gets up more quickly. Mike thinks that Henry has hit his femoral artery. There is... (full context)
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...but there is hardly any feeling left in the leg in which he was stabbed. Henry rushes toward Mike again and Mike plunges the letter-opener into Henry’s stomach. Henry grabs his... (full context)
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Back on Kansas Street at 12:20 PM in 1958, Henry approaches Beverly, calling her a “cunt.” Beverly starts to run but Henry pulls her back... (full context)
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Henry turns back to Beverly, smiling again. Beverly lifts her foot and kicks him in the... (full context)
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...but it is not there. Once again, the bullies have caught up with her and Henry points at her. Beverly looks at them for a moment, as though hypnotized, then runs... (full context)
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Beverly and Ben listen for the approach of the bullies. Henry points out to Victor and “Belch” how the Losers’ Club plays in the Barrens. Suddenly,... (full context)
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...a while without saying anything. She feels safe, and images of her father’s face and Henry’s knife seem less threatening. She tells Ben that Henry is really crazy—“like that kid in... (full context)
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...Ben about how an old lady saw the bullies trying to beat her up and Henry threatened the elder woman. This is most surprising to Ben because children do not usually... (full context)
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...with a smiley-face is tied to one of the iron bars of a sewer grate. Henry Bowers stands up, with one hand pressed to his bleeding belly. Henry knows that he... (full context)
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Henry thinks back to the day when Beverly kicked him in the balls and Victor Criss... (full context)
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In 1958, it is five minutes until 1:00 PM and Henry begins to think that the Losers’ Club has some other hiding place—not a treehouse, but... (full context)
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Henry thinks of how he found his switchblade that morning. It comes when he is standing... (full context)
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...house, “Butch” Bowers is lying on the pallet in the bedroom that he shares with Henry. Henry places “the business-end of the switchknife against his father’s scrawny neck.” Henry keeps the... (full context)
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Henry pulls the knife out of his father and wipes it clean. He looks at his... (full context)
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At 2:30 AM in 1985, Henry takes out his knife and gets a ride in a 1958 Plymouth Fury—the car his... (full context)
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 Henry thinks back to that day when they followed Ben and Beverly up to Kansas Street.... (full context)
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In 1985, Henry and the corpse of “Belch” pull up in front of the Derry Town House. Henry... (full context)
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Henry rechecks his paper and sees that Eddie is in room 609. Henry pulls the switchblade... (full context)
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Beverly is panting when she reaches them and tells them how Henry has a knife and they cannot go down into the Barrens. Ben tells Bill that... (full context)
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...will not give it up to the bullies. Eddie asks if it is not just Henry, Victor, and “Belch” in the Barrens. Bill turns to Stan and asks if he has... (full context)
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...is 3:05 AM. He opens the door to see a monster from a horror comic. Henry Bowers stands before him, looking like a corpse awakened from the grave. Eddie slams the... (full context)
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Henry grabs for Eddie and Eddie rips the jagged part of the Perrier bottle through Henry’s... (full context)
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Eddie holds up the stump of the Perrier bottle and plunges it into Henry’s sternum. Henry falls and twitches “like a landed trout.” His final sound is “gug.” Eddie... (full context)
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Meanwhile, Henry tosses a “fist-sized chunk of rock” and hits Ben in the buttocks. Mike finds a... (full context)
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...is scared, and Bill says that he is scared, too. They hear Victor yell to Henry that he sees Richie, and then see Henry again, with the knife. Richie gives Henry... (full context)
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Beverly turns away from Henry and looks “along the bore of the inflow pipe.” If enough water rises, they could... (full context)
Chapter 20: The Circle Closes
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...that she try the library. Before she can try, Ben and Richie enter and see Henry Bowers on the floor. Eddie tells them what happened, while Beverly calls the library. The... (full context)
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...Mike may be dying, but she hangs up on the chief. She looks over at Henry Bowers. One of his eyes is closed, while the other one oozes liquid. He seems... (full context)
Chapter 21: Under the City
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...so that everyone can see “the green, swelled thing that had been Patrick Hocksetter.” Suddenly, Henry Bowers bellows through the pipes, saying that he will get the Losers’ Club. Then, “a... (full context)
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A scream floats down to them. It is the voice of Henry Bowers. Richie says that some people are too stupid to quit. They start walking down... (full context)
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From behind them, they can hear Henry Bowers screaming. The group continues on, holding hands. Beverly notices a blank wall ahead, broken... (full context)
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...nearly no feeling, and is tightly bandaged. He remembers the notebook and the return of Henry Bowers. He tries to think of where Henry could be and if he went after... (full context)
Chapter 22: The Ritual of Chüd
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...her chin. Richie sees another body crumpled near hers, which bears some “subconscious resemblance” to Henry Bowers. The man has blood around his eyes and caked in foam around his mouth... (full context)
Derry: The Last Interlude
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...terrible nightmare in which Mark Lamonica comes to him again with the hypodermic needle or Henry Bowers comes to him with his switchblade. He grabs his address book to call Ben.... (full context)