It

It

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Stephen King

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Norbert Keene Character Analysis

A pharmacist and the proprietor of the Center Street Drug Store from 1925 to 1975. Norbert is somewhat misanthropic and dislikes Sonia Kaspbrak. Norbert one day informs Eddie that he does not have asthma and that the “medicine” in the aspirator is merely a placebo. Norbert is 85 years old when Mike Hanlon interviews him about the shooting of the Bradley Gang. He is also the grandfather of Andrew Keene.
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Norbert Keene Character Timeline in It

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Chapter 5: Bill Denbrough Beats the Devil (I)
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...shake his fist at Bill. He goes to Center Street Drug Store and goes inside. Mr. Keene , the pharmacist, greets him. To avoid stuttering during such a trying moment, Bill turns... (full context)
Chapter 10: The Reunion
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...it is now a city. The places that he remembers from his childhood, such as Mr. Keene ’s Center Street Drug Store, are gone. Bill’s cab is caught in traffic and his... (full context)
Derry: The Third Interlude
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...the burning of the Black Spot, citizens of Derry pretend not to remember the incident. Mr. Norbert Keene , who was around during the ambush on the outlaws, says that maybe around 20,000... (full context)
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Norbert Keene recalls that the whole incident is over in four or five minutes. There must have... (full context)
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Mike asks Norbert Keene one more question—if   Keene has seen the clown. Keene mentions that he was, indeed, there... (full context)
Chapter 16: Eddie’s Bad Break
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...some grinning skulls. Eddie thinks back to being in the Center Street Drugstore and how Mr. Keene tells him something. (full context)
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Eddie revisits the memory of Mr. Keene inviting him into his office in the back of the pharmacy. Mr. Keene offers Eddie... (full context)
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Mr. Keene continues with his explanation, but Eddie wishes that he were down in the Barrens fighting... (full context)
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...for knocking over the glass. Ruby comes in to ask if everything is okay, and Mr. Keene sharply tells her to leave. Mr. Keene tells Eddie not to be concerned about the... (full context)
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Eddie begins to think that Mr. Keene is telling him that he is crazy. Mr. Keene launches into a story about a... (full context)
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Mr. Keene then goes on to say that part of the problem is Russ Handor, Eddie’s doctor.... (full context)
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Mr. Keene then asks Eddie about the new friends he has made and assumes that his mother,... (full context)
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Eddie wants to do the thing that Mr. Keene suggested: go into the Barrens and tell his friends everything. Then again, his mother is... (full context)
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...Costello Avenue Market with a 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... (full context)
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...realizes that she is now running away from her son. Eddie then tells her how Mr. Keene told him that his asthma medicine is just water. This information stops Sonia in her... (full context)
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Sonia Kaspbrak screams that Mr. Keene has told Eddie a lie and she wonders why he would lie like that. Eddie... (full context)