It

It

by

Stephen King

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Patrick Hocksetter Character Analysis

A twelve-year-old boy who disappears from Derry in July 1958. Beverly Marsh witnesses him being killed by mutant leeches. Patrick is a little overweight and has a round face, “as pale as cream.” Patrick is a psychopath who, when he is five, kills his infant brother, Avery. In school, he has the habit of killing flies and keeping them in his pencil box. He also supposedly kills cats and dogs and keeps them in a refrigerator. He joins in with Henry Bowers, Victor Criss, and “Moose” Sadler in bullying and beating Eddie Kaspbrak, who later sees Patrick’s body decomposing in the sewer.
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Patrick Hocksetter Character Timeline in It

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Chapter 3: Six Phone Calls
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...her and directs 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... (full context)
Derry: The Second Interlude
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...Mike Hanlon wonders what happened to him. Might he be keeping company with Betty Ripsom, Patrick Hocksetter, and Edward Corcoran? (full context)
Chapter 11: Walking Tours
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...not sewers after a while. He struggles to remember what they became. He remembers seeing Patrick Hocksetter down there. Beverly said that Patrick had done something bad and It took him.... (full context)
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...being “drunk and done up on reds.” Eddie backs away and sees, just beyond her, Patrick Hocksetter. Patrick, too, is wearing the Yankees uniform. Now, Eddie is completely horrified and runs.... (full context)
Chapter 12: Three Uninvited Guests
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...blamed Henry for killing. They also found him guilty of killing “Belch” Huggins, Victor Criss, Patrick Hocksetter, and Veronica Grogan. The Derry News declares Henry Bowers the monster that has been... (full context)
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...one who led them to the tunnels where they died. He is accused of killing Patrick Hocksetter after the police find some of the boy’s books in Henry’s bureau. However, he... (full context)
Chapter 16: Eddie’s Bad Break
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...and asks if the others remember. Mike nods and says that the break occurred before Patrick Hocksetter appeared. Eddie gives the date as the 20th of July. Eddie mentions that Hocksetter... (full context)
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...story of how his arm broke. Eddie remembers, too, that Beverly knows something important about Patrick Hocksetter, and she agrees to tell everyone after Eddie tells his story. Suddenly, Eddie’s aspirator... (full context)
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...after talking to Mr. Keene. He then sees Henry Bowers, Victor Criss, "Moose" Sadler, and Patrick Hockstetter “kneeling on the crushed gravel to the left of the little store.” On an... (full context)
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...the sound of a nearby siren stops him, and his friends prompt him to leave. Patrick Hocksetter stays behind for a moment to spit phlegm into Eddie’s sweaty, bloody, upturned face.... (full context)
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...The rain comes the next day, not long after Beverly sees something terrible happen to Patrick Hocksetter. (full context)
Chapter 17: Another One of the Missing: The Death of Patrick Hockstetter
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...story and pours himself another drink. He then asks Beverly if she saw It take Patrick Hocksetter, the day after she and the others visited Eddie in the hospital. They recall... (full context)
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...hole in something that day with the slingshot. Ben begins to ask if it was Patrick Hocksetter whom she hit, and she says “no.” She recalls where she went that day.... (full context)
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Henry screams that “Belch” has released a fart that creates a three-foot flame. Next, Patrick Hocksetter sticks his behind in Henry’s face. Henry holds up a lighter and flicks it.... (full context)
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Henry Bowers, Victor Criss, “Belch” Huggins, and Patrick Hocksetter end up lighting each other’s farts because of Rena Davenport—a bean farmer who has... (full context)
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Henry and Patrick continue to light farts. Patrick then offers to show Henry something. Patrick says that it... (full context)
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Henry stares at Patrick’s hand “as if hypnotized.” Then, Patrick offers to perform oral sex. Henry responds as though... (full context)
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...Five minutes drag by. It also makes her uneasy not to know for sure where Patrick is. She peeks through the windshield again and sees him sitting. He is playing with... (full context)
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Beverly thinks that, if Patrick does happen to see her, she could easily outrun him. He is not as fat... (full context)
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No one has the slightest idea of just how crazy Patrick Hocksetter is. Patrick has repeated the first- and third-grades. His teachers find him apathetic and... (full context)
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When Patrick is in kindergarten, his parents have another son, named Avery. The baby cries late at... (full context)
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Patrick goes into Avery’s room one afternoon around two-thirty, shortly after the bus drops him off... (full context)
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Patrick’s mother comes downstairs half an hour later and says that she did not hear Patrick... (full context)
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Patrick’s mother discovers Avery’s death around five o’clock. Until then, she assumes that the baby is... (full context)
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Only Patrick’s father comes close to realizing the truth. He stands beside Avery’s empty crib about twenty... (full context)
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Back near the dump, Patrick has been looking at the refrigerator for a long time. It is filled with the... (full context)
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Though Patrick is afraid of almost nothing—it is difficult to be afraid when almost nothing is “real”—he... (full context)
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Patrick is horrified, however, that parasites are hanging all over his body. Some of them drink... (full context)
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...first, Beverly does not know what she is seeing. All that she knows is that Patrick Hocksetter is thrashing around and screaming. She thinks that there is a great deal of... (full context)
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...Club, except for Eddie, are crouched in the bushes near the spot where Beverly saw Patrick Hocksetter open his fridge. The smell of rain is in the air and Bill is... (full context)
Chapter 21: Under the City
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...lights another match 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’... (full context)
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...how long they have been wandering through the tunnels since they left the place where Patrick Hocksetter’s body was. Bill remembers how his father said that one could wander in the... (full context)