It

It

by

Stephen King

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It / Pennywise the Dancing Clown / Bob Gray Character Analysis

The monstrous antagonist of the novel, “It” first appears in the form of Pennywise the Dancing Clown. It introduces itself to George Denbrough from within Derry’s sewer as “Bob Gray,” also known as Pennywise. When It takes the form of a clown, It looks like a cross between the famous clowns Bozo and Clarabell. Pennywise wears a baggy silk suit with “great big orange buttons,” an “electric-blue” tie, and big white gloves. The Losers’ Club later learns that It is a glamour, otherwise known as a “skin-changer,” with the ability to take on whatever form It needs to instill fear. The Himalayans referred to It as a taelus, or “an evil magic with the ability to read your mind and then assume the shape of the thing you were most afraid of.” Very often, It takes the form of cinematic monsters, such as the mummies and werewolves in the horror films that the children go to see. It also takes the form of figures that its victims are likely to trust, such as a clown, or Mrs. Kersh, an old woman. It also has the ability to use humans as its “dogsbodies,” or servants, who will kill on its behalf. It uses both Henry Bowers and Tom Rogan for this purpose. At the end of the novel, It takes its final form as a giant, egg-laying spider, which the Losers’ Club witnesses during its last confrontation with It in 1958. The key to repelling It is to perform “the ritual of Chüd,” a contest involving jokes and riddles. If the attacker laughs first, the taelus can kill it. If the taelus laughs first, then It must go away for a number of years. Stanley Uris and Bill Denbrough also separately find that they can repel It by reciting facts or poems. These demonstrations of power and confidence diminish It's ability to instill fear. The Losers’ Club sends It away in 1958, but It returns every twenty-seven years. It is responsible for a litany of murders in Derry, but It prefers to kill boys. Henry Bowers witnesses It transform into a Frankenstein monster that rips the heads off of his friends, Victor Criss and “Belch” Huggins. The group later learns that It is an ancient force that has always existed in Derry, and that It was born from the Turtle. Bill Denbrough finally kills it by seizing It's heart and squeezing it until it bursts.

It / Pennywise the Dancing Clown / Bob Gray Quotes in It

The It quotes below are all either spoken by It / Pennywise the Dancing Clown / Bob Gray or refer to It / Pennywise the Dancing Clown / Bob Gray. 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 4 Quotes

Ben could see the clown's face clearly. It was deeply lined, the skin a parchment map of wrinkles, tattered cheeks, arid flesh. The skin of its forehead was split but bloodless. Dead lips grinned back from a maw in which teeth leaned like tombstones. Its gums were pitted and black. Ben could see no eyes, but something glittered far back in the charcoal pits of those puckered sockets, something like the cold jewels in the eyes of Egyptian scarab beetles. And although the wind was the wrong way, it seemed to him that he could smell cinnamon and spice, rotting cerements treated with weird drugs, sand, blood so old it had dried to flakes and grains of rust…

Page Number: 217
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Chapter 7 Quotes

The leper was crawling out. It was wearing a clown suit, he saw a clown suit with big orange buttons down the front. It saw Eddie and grinned. Its half-mouth dropped open and its tongue lolled out [….] The leper's tongue had not just dropped from its mouth; it was at least three feet long and had unrolled like a party-favor. It came to an arrow-point which dragged in the dirt. Foam, thick-sticky and yellowish, coursed along it. Bugs crawled over it.

Page Number: 318
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Chapter 8 Quotes

There was no zipper on the thing's jacket; instead there were big fluffy orange buttons, like pompoms. The other thing was worse. It was the other thing that made him feel as if he might faint, or just give up and let it kill him. A name was stitched on the jacket in gold thread, the kind of thing you could get done down at Machen's for a buck if you wanted it. Stitched on the bloody left breast of the Werewolf's jacket, stained but readable, were the words RICHIE TOZIER.

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Page Number: 385
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Chapter 9 Quotes

Oh!” He smiled a little at her now, as if pleased by this explanation. “Was that it? Damn! If you'd told me, Beverly, I never would have hit you. All girls are scared of spiders. Sam Hill! Why didn’t you speak up?” He bent over the drain and she had to bite her lip to keep from crying out a warning . . . and some other voice spoke deep inside her, some terrible voice which could not have been a part of her; surely it was the voice of the devil himself: Let it get him, if it wants him. Let it pull him down. Good-fucking-riddance. She turned away from that voice in horror. To allow such a thought to stay for even a moment in her head would surely damn her to hell…

Page Number: 403
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Chapter 10 Quotes

“If we have to call It something, it might as well be what we used to call It. I've begun to think, you see, that It has been here so long …whatever It really is…that It's become a part of Derry, something as much a part of the town as the Standpipe, or the Canal, or Bassey Park, or the library. Only It's not a matter of outward geography, you understand. Maybe that was true once, but now lt's…inside. Somehow It's gotten inside. That's the only way I know to understand all of the terrible things that have happened here—the nominally explicable as well as the utterly inexplicable.”

Page Number: 509
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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
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Chapter 13 Quotes

Glamour, he said, was the Gaelic name for the creature which was haunting Derry; other races and other cultures at other times had different words for it, but they all meant the same thing. The Plains Indians called it a manitou, which sometimes took the shape of a mountain-lion or an elk or an eagle [….] The Himalayans called it a tallus or taelus, which meant an evil magic being that could read your mind and then assume the shape of the thing you were most afraid of. In Central Europe it had been called eylak, brother of the vurderlak, or vampire. In France it was le loup-garou, or skin-changer, a concept that had been crudely translated as the werewolf, but, Bill told them, le loup-garou (which he pronounced “le loopgaroo”) could be anything, anything at all: a wolf, a hawk, a sheep, even a bug.

Page Number: 683
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Chapter 14 Quotes

He saw the gratitude in their eyes and felt a measure of gladness for them…but their gratitude did little to heal his own horror. In fact, there was something in their gratitude which made him want to hate them. Would he never be able to express his own terror […]? Because in some measure at least he was using them […] And was even that the bottom? No, because George was dead, and if revenge could be exacted at all, Bill suspected it could only be exacted on behalf of the living. And what did that make him? A selfish little shit waving a tin sword and trying to make himself look like King Arthur? Oh Christ, he groaned to himself, if this is the stuff adults have to think about I never want to grow up. His resolve was still strong, but it was bitter resolve. Bitter.

Page Number: 742
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Chapter 15 Quotes

Mike said, “It's always been here, since the beginning of time…since before there were men anywhere, unless maybe there were just a few of them in Africa somewhere, swinging through the trees or living in caves. The crater's gone now, and the ice age probably scraped the valley deeper and changed some stuff around and filled the crater in…but It was here then, sleeping, maybe, waiting for the ice to melt, waiting for the people to come.” “That's why It uses the sewers and the drains,” Richie put in. “They must be regular freeways for It.”

Page Number: 773
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Chapter 19 Quotes

She looked back and here he came again, Al Marsh, janitor and custodian, a gray man dressed in khaki pants and a khaki shirt with two flap pockets, a keyring attached to his belt by a chain, his hair flying. But he wasn’t in his eyes—the essential he who had washed her back and punched her in the gut and had done both because he worried about her, worried a lot, the he who had once tried to braid her hair when she was seven, made a botch of it, and then got giggling with her about the way it stuck out everyway, the he who knew how to make cinnamon eggnogs on Sunday that tasted better than anything you could buy for a quarter at the Derry Ice Cream Bar, the father-he, maleman of her life, delivering a mixed post from that other sexual state. None of that was in his eyes now. She saw blank murder there. She saw It there.

Page Number: 923
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Chapter 21 Quotes

The former power of their imaginations would be muted and weak. They would no longer imagine that there were piranha in the Kenduskeag or that if you stepped on a crack you might really break your mother's back or that if you killed a ladybug which lit on your shirt your blouse would catch fire that night. lnstead, they would believe in insurance. Instead, they would believe in wine with dinner—something nice but not too pretentious, like a Pouilly-Fuissé ‘83, and let that breathe, waiter, would you? Instead, they would believe that Rolaids consume forty-seven times their own weight in excess stomach acid. Instead, they would believe in public television, Gary Hart, running to prevent heart attacks, giving up red meat to prevent colon cancer. They would believe in Dr. Ruth when it came to getting well fucked and Jerry Falwell when it came to getting well saved. As each year passed their dreams would grow smaller. And when It woke It would call them back, yes, back, because fear was fertile, its child was rage, and rage cried for revenge.

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It / Pennywise the Dancing Clown / Bob Gray Character Timeline in It

The timeline below shows where the character It / Pennywise the Dancing Clown / Bob Gray appears in It. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1: After the Flood
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...say so—and, more importantly, Bill says so. Still, the cellar has a smell—the smell of It, “a creature which would eat anything but which was especially hungry for boymeat.” (full context)
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...of his mother, Sharon. The clown introduces himself as “Mr. Bob Gray, also known as Pennywise the Dancing Clown.” (full context)
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George asks Pennywise how he ended up in the sewers. The clown explains that he, and the circus... (full context)
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Pennywise again asks George if he would like to have his paper boat. The clown holds... (full context)
Chapter 2: After the Festival (1984)
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...while Adrian shrieks in agony. The clown then invites Don to float with unnamed others. It sweeps one of Its white-gloved hands to gesture at the thousands of green, yellow, red,... (full context)
Chapter 3: Six Phone Calls
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...just before dying. On the wall tile, he has scrawled a message in his blood: “IT.” Another drop of water falls into the tub and Patricia finds the voice that eluded... (full context)
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Mike Hanlon next calls Richie Tozier, who manages the news about It pretty well, until he starts vomiting. Mike asks how much Richie remembers. Richie admits to... (full context)
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Bill says that the children took an oath to return to Derry if It “ever started to happen again.” Audra asks what Bill is talking about. Bill starts talking... (full context)
Derry: The First Interlude
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...He thinks about calling his old friends, but he hesitates, wanting to be sure that It has started again. (full context)
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...no one would want to read it. Carson, however, knows about the twenty-year cycle of It. He implores Mike once again to let the matter rest. There are things in Derry... (full context)
Chapter 4: Ben Hanscom Takes a Fall
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...toward the Canal bridge where Ben Hanscom is standing. Ben can hear the clud-clud of Its funny shoes as It advances toward him. The clown, which appears in bandages like a... (full context)
Chapter 6: One of the Missing: A Tale from the Summer of ‘58
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...a hand closes around Edward Corcoran’s foot. He looks down and his mouth drops open. It is Dorsey. Dorsey is grinning and croaks Eddie’s name. Eddie wants to scream, but he... (full context)
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...creature tears Eddie’s head from his shoulders “with a satisfied grunt.” Then, Eddie’s image of It fades and It turns into something else. (full context)
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Mike starts to run. The bird screams, and he hears its fluttering wings. Its black eyes are fixed on Mike, and its talons close around Mike’s forearm. He feels... (full context)
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...as ammo. The bird comes back, its wings flapping, and Mike throws more tiles at It, demanding that It go away. He then steps out of the smokestack, looking around. He... (full context)
Chapter 7: The Dam in the Barrens
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...A face appears in the cellar window. The skin of its forehead is split open. Its teeth poke out from sagging, livery lips “in a sneering ring.” It shoots a hand... (full context)
Chapter 8: Georgie’s Room and the House on Neibolt Street
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...that Eddie saw. Bill then wonders if it really is a clown. Richie surmises that It is a monster that has been killing kids. (full context)
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...out of his back pocket. Bill received the slingshot for his birthday the year before. It was Zack Denbrough’s compromise between the .22 Bill wanted and Sharon Denbrough’s adamant refusal about... (full context)
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...from a wild animal. Richie and Bill see someone—or something—in loafers coming down the stairs. It is wearing faded jeans but has paws instead of hands. Bill is calling for Richie... (full context)
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...it does not break. Bill fires the Walther a third time. Bill cries out that It has him. Bill is being pulled backward. Richie sees what It is: the teenage werewolf... (full context)
Chapter 9: Cleaning Up
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...all girls are afraid of spiders. As he bends over the drain, she wishes that It would get him, then she feels guilty for having the thought. (full context)
Chapter 10: The Reunion
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...He has gotten thin. They are all there, Bill Denbrough thinks, even Stanley Uris and It. Richie Tozier grins at Bill and asks him how long he has been turtle-waxing his... (full context)
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...Don Hagarty and Christopher Unwin saw a clown. Ben says that it must have been Pennywise. Mike says that Harold Gardener was one of the investigating officers. This triggers in Bill... (full context)
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Eddie tries to remember how they stopped It. Mike assures him that he will remember in time. Ben wonders what will happen if... (full context)
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...to leave. Beverly recalls the message written on the wall: “Come home.” Mike supposes that It may want all of them back to finish the job that It started—as revenge. Mike... (full context)
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Mike suggests that they can try to kill It again, or just divide up the check six ways and go back to their normal... (full context)
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...night, where they have all agreed to meet, at 7:00 PM. He notes, too, that It started alone for each of them. So, each of them will have to experience It... (full context)
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...and eat their fortune cookies. Bill worries that the fortune cookies may be part of It, but it is too late and everyone is opening their cookies. Blood spurts from Beverly’s... (full context)
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Bill says that It is up to Its old tricks. Bill figures that It latches on to whatever is... (full context)
Chapter 11: Walking Tours
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...if anything is wrong. The voice again calls to him to come up the stairs. It is Pennywise the Dancing Clown. Ben thinks that he is not going to go upstairs.... (full context)
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...and sees a balloon. On its side, a message is printed: “I KILLED BARBARA STARRETT! –PENNYWISE THE CLOWN.” (full context)
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...remembers seeing Patrick Hocksetter down there. Beverly said that Patrick had done something bad and It took him. Eddie can only remember that it was something to do with Henry Bowers.... (full context)
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...string. The string trails away and goes into the Barrens. Eddie thinks, in panic, that It is here with him now. There is a voice on the other side of the... (full context)
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...talks about her father, Robert Gray, also known as Bob Gray and better known as Pennywise the Dancing Clown, her dress changes and becomes “a scabrous, peeling black.” She talks about... (full context)
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Bill does not see Pennywise, but he does see a ghost. He walks up Witcham Street, where George died, and... (full context)
Chapter 12: Three Uninvited Guests
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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... (full context)
Chapter 13: The Apocalyptic Rockfight
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...Club are still sitting near the Kenduskeag River, pondering their collective nightmare. Bill thinks that It is in the sewers. The sewage system, Zack Denbrough explains to Bill one day, is... (full context)
Chapter 14: The Album
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...forms a pool at the bottom of the refrigerator. Then, the head opens its eyes. It reveals the “silver-bright eyes of Pennywise the Clown.” (full context)
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...Mike refuses to believe that what he is seeing is real. The clown promises that It is, indeed, real. Referring to the Ritual of Chüd, It claims that the Losers’ Club... (full context)
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...of the Losers’ Club tell Mike, one-by-one, their own unique stories about their experiences with It. While walking home that night, Mike thinks that he should have listened to their stories... (full context)
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...tells them that Stan Uris once suggested that they all had to do something about It as soon as possible. Ben and Richie ask Bill what they should do. He suggests... (full context)
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...toward Up-Mile Hill. Suddenly, the dots in the picture begin to move and Richie recognizes It. Richie alerts Bill to the same image that they saw in his brother George’s room.... (full context)
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...He then lifts it up and Beverly screams. The clown is now rushing toward them. It then leaps up a lamppost in the foreground of the picture. Beverly screams again and... (full context)
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...this time, everyone has seen the clown. Bill thinks that, together, they can still kill It. He then suggests that they all go back to the clubhouse and finish constructing it.... (full context)
Chapter 15: The Smoke-Hole
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...her third screwdriver. Eddie breaks the silence that has overtaken the group and asks if It knows much about what they are doing in this moment. Ben reminds him that It... (full context)
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...have come from another star or another galaxy. There is then an explosion. Richie senses It. Mike drags Richie to his feet and they run along the banks of the Kenduskeag... (full context)
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...back in time and seeing the Kenduskeag turn “wild.” Mike talks about how they saw It come out of the sky, in something like a spaceship. Mike and Richie had the... (full context)
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Mike goes on to reason that It has always been there, since the beginning of time. He thinks that It may have... (full context)
Chapter 16: Eddie’s Bad Break
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...driver who has a big, leery grin and eyes as shiny and big as quarters. It is Pennywise. Eddie gestures at the driver and Mr. Nell assures him that they will... (full context)
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...not cut him off from his friends is because he knows that he cannot face It alone. He cries a little, then drifts off to sleep. (full context)
Chapter 17: Another One of the Missing: The Death of Patrick Hockstetter
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...passes out, he sees a figure step from behind the last of the junked cars. It tells Patrick “hello and goodbye” in a “bubbling voice.” The figure, who is merely the... (full context)
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...The flow of blood is slowing. She realizes that the leeches are a part of It. (full context)
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...“STOP NOW BEFORE I KILL YOU ALL. A WORD TO THE WISE FROM YOUR FRIEND PENNYWISE.” (full context)
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Bill advances toward the fridge and threatens to kill Pennywise, screaming about how It murdered his brother, George. Bill kicks wildly at the heap of... (full context)
Chapter 18: The Bullseye
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On July 25, 1958, the Losers’ Club meet It in face-to-face combat. They arrive at 25 Neibolt Street around ten in the morning. They... (full context)
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...pushes open a door to what might be a parlor. Ben thinks that he hears Pennywise the Clown’s voice speaking to him, as though on a mental radio. He whispers for... (full context)
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Bill helps Stanley remembers that he has something to defend himself against It: his bird book. The parlor is now almost black. They walk down the hall and... (full context)
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...The room is empty. He looks at Bill and says that he is scared of It, but he agrees that It is scared of them, too. (full context)
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...hear pumping machinery, as he can in the Barrens. He asserts that this is where It came from—the drains. Ben looks into the pipe and sees Its eyes down in the... (full context)
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...the pipe. Ben would later only remember seeing “a silvery-orange shifting shape” during this confrontation. It is solid, not ghostly. Richie recognizes it as the Teenage Werewolf. The Werewolf stands poised... (full context)
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...Blood pours onto its jacket in sheets. Then the uncertainty leaves the creature’s eyes, and It believes. It turns and dives into the drain. A voice roars back from the drainpipe,... (full context)
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...triumph in having beaten the Werewolf. Bill again tells everyone that they should leave before It decides to return. Beverly asks for someone’s shirt to replace the one that Ben has... (full context)
Derry: The Fourth Interlude
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...doing other tricks. Thoroughgood falls asleep shortly after telling his story and Mike realizes that Pennywise the Dancing Clown was there all along. Mike is, again, contemplating making the calls to... (full context)
Chapter 19: In the Watches of the Night
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...their meeting has made him feel better. He asks Bill if they can still kill It, and Bill thinks they can. Richie asks what they should do if It shows up.... (full context)
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...a shower and have lunch—the day she noticed that her father had been possessed by It. (full context)
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...Beverly  realizes that her father is gone and she is alone in the room with It. (full context)
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...pretty girl whom plenty of people would be happy to ruin. Finally, Beverly understands what It has put into her father’s head—though part of her knows that the thought was in... (full context)
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...skin on both knees. She looks behind her and sees Al coming for her, but It is in his eyes. Beverly runs from It. They run past their neighbors. Their neighbor,... (full context)
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...says that he hears lots of voices from the moon but, primarily, the voice of It. Henry says that he saw It turn into Frankenstein and tear off Victor Criss’s head.... (full context)
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...realizes that he can finish Henry. However, if he does this, he would be doing It's work. There is also the look on Henry’s face—that of a badly used child. Henry... (full context)
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...he dies. He dials the phone number for the hospital. His eyes open wide when Pennywise the Dancing Clown answers the phone. The clown tells Mike that he is dead. Mike... (full context)
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...his side, drawing his legs up into a fetal position. He hears the voice of Pennywise screaming from the phone: "Hello dere, howyadoon? Howyadoon, you dirty coon? Hello.” (full context)
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...the watch for him, as if he were a poisonous snake. Ben then realizes that It is using Henry. (full context)
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...walks up to the front door of what used to be the Derry Historical Society. It is barred and has a “No Trespassing” sign. He crawls under the chain and moves... (full context)
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...in Derry is safe. He struggles to speak without stuttering. He insists that Derry is It. The children think of their experiences that morning and how, at some point between breakfast... (full context)
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...the Kenduskeag at irregular intervals. Bill insists that the pumping station is the way to It. (full context)
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...knows where the pipe goes. Bill shakes his head—he also doesn’t know how to find It. The Losers form a single-file procession, like a group of blind people. Bill takes the... (full context)
Chapter 20: The Circle Closes
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...is talking to her inside of her head. Then a voice comes from the bathroom. It giggles, then drops in pitch to sound like a gurgling drain. Audra tells herself that... (full context)
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...of George Denbrough comes on. Bill’s brother wails about how Bill sent him out for It to kill him. Richie snaps off the radio so hard that the knob falls off... (full context)
Chapter 21: Under the City
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Before the universe, there were only two things: It and the Turtle. It arrived long after the Turtle withdrew into its shell. Derry had... (full context)
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...Eddie because he has a natural compass. They all also agree with Richie’s assessment that It is in the middle of town, near the Canal. (full context)
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In 1985, the “writer’s woman” is with It. She is alive but not quite alive. She is in Its “deadlights.” The glamours are... (full context)
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It has always fed well on children, but on some adults over the years. Adults have... (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... (full context)
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...a heap of small bones at its base. They have come to the place of It. Bill imagines the mark as a paper boat. Henry, coming behind them, sees it as... (full context)
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...along with a zoo smell. They pass through the fairy-tale door to the land of It. (full context)
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...move around him, and  they get in a circle. Beverly then remembers that they fought It with Chüd. Ben calls to Bill. He hears something coming, and Bill thinks that it... (full context)
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...that Bill only stuttered in his own voice. The George-thing recoils and hisses. Bill tells It that George knows that Bill did not mean for him to die and that his... (full context)
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...Bill while a nightmarish spider “from beyond time and space” scurries down a web within It's lair. Bill coldly thinks that It is not really a spider either, but this is... (full context)
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Bill tells the others to stay back, and curses It for killing his brother, George. It rears up over Bill and buries him in Its... (full context)
Chapter 22: The Ritual of Chüd
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In 1958, Bill holds them all together as the Spider races down from Its web. Richie stares at the web and thinks that he sees Eddie near the ceiling,... (full context)
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It asks Bill who he is and why he has come to It. Bill says that... (full context)
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It screams with noxious laughter. Its voice is beginning to fade and swell simultaneously. Bill realizes... (full context)
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Bill begins to laugh in the darkness and hears It scream again. Bill literally flies through the dark and pulls past the Turtle, whose head... (full context)
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Somewhere in the void, the adult Bill confronts It and again reminds It that It killed his brother. This time, Bill insists that he... (full context)
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...is half-aware of what is happening. He saw the Spider try to impale Bill with Its stinger. Then, Richie ran forward, doing the ridiculous Irish cop voice, which has improved. Time... (full context)
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Back in Its lair in 1985, Bill sees It getting away again. Beverly cradles Eddie’s head in her... (full context)
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Bill and Richie follow Its trail of blood. They encounter the eggs and stomp on them. It can sense them... (full context)
Chapter 23: Out
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Bill moves in on It, which tries to tempt Bill by offering him more life or even to give his... (full context)
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Back underground, Bill tells Ben that he and Richie killed It. Ben shakes Richie, who is unconscious. In the darkness, they cannot see Richie awake, but... (full context)
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...his hands. There is pain, but not much. The sound of a whippoorwill is somewhere. Its call is cool and peaceful. They all cut their hands, too, and then join hands.... (full context)
Derry: The Last Interlude
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The forgetting suggests to Mike that they really did kill It. He realizes that there is no longer a need for a watchman to stand by... (full context)