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Stephen King

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Reginald “Belch” Huggins Character Analysis

One of the trio of bullies, including Henry Bowers and Victor Criss, who torment members of the self-identified Losers’ Club. Belch got his name due to being “able to articulate belches of amazing length and loudness.” Belch plays baseball and is an extraordinarily large boy for twelve, but he is “big and not really fat.” He is six feet tall and weighs “maybe a hundred and seventy.” He is found dead in the tunnels under Derry in August 1958. Henry Bowers sees him get killed by what he describes as “the Frankenstein-monster.”

Reginald “Belch” Huggins Quotes in It

The It quotes below are all either spoken by Reginald “Belch” Huggins or refer to Reginald “Belch” Huggins . 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 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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Reginald “Belch” Huggins Character Timeline in It

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Chapter 3: Six Phone Calls
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...that he was “a regular 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... (full context)
Chapter 4: Ben Hanscom Takes a Fall
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...in an Ivy League shirt, which his mother had given him for Christmas, once prompted “Belch” Huggins to say that Ben had gotten “a big set of titties” for Christmas. Since... (full context)
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...of guts” and demands that Ben get out of his way. Victor goes to join “Belch” Huggins, who is standing in the street, smoking a cigarette. Beverly comes out behind Ben... (full context)
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...candy is a pleasant reality. 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 encourage Henry to “get him.” Henry decides that he will wait until Ben comes... (full context)
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...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 “rickety whitewashing railing, about waist-high,”... (full context)
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“Belch” Huggins and Victor Criss look nervous. A car passes and Henry Bowers warns that if... (full context)
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...forward with his legs and sends himself falling backward into the Barrens. Victor Criss and “Belch” Huggins stare down at Ben, stunned. Henry chases after Ben, with his knife clutched between... (full context)
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...air, sort of like George Reeves in Superman, then crashes to the earth. Victor and “Belch” come down the embankment after him. Ben wonders when “this lunacy” will end. Ben sees... (full context)
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...throw rocks at him. Ben smashes his way through the bushes. Henry, Victor Criss, and “Belch” Huggins catch up to him and Ben crouches low to the ground, out of sight.... (full context)
Chapter 5: Bill Denbrough Beats the Devil (I)
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...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 better, unlike... (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 copy off of Ben during... (full context)
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...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 waits until the bus is... (full context)
Chapter 8: Georgie’s Room and the House on Neibolt Street
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...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 due to feeling overwhelmed by... (full context)
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...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 a Teenage Frankenstein. During the... (full context)
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...run toward an opening in an alley and Victor Criss jumps in front of them. “Belch” Huggins grabs Beverly’s pony-tail and flings her against a wall. He then swings his fist... (full context)
Chapter 11: Walking Tours
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...at the back of the lot. Both of them were hit by the same kid: “Belch” Huggins. (full context)
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Eddie remembers that “Belch” Huggins was big—abnormally so for his age—but not really fat. At twelve, he is clumsy,... (full context)
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...a voice on the other side of the fence, which Eddie recognizes as that of “Belch” Huggins. He remembers how Huggins was murdered in the tunnels under Derry in August 1958. (full context)
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“Belch” Huggins struggles up over the bank. He is wearing a pinstriped New York Yankees baseball... (full context)
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...and does. In case Richie wants to leave by the kindergarten entrance, Henry has planted “Belch” Huggins there as a lookout. Richie sees “Belch” Huggins first and walks quickly off the... (full context)
Chapter 12: Three Uninvited Guests
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...in the late afternoon. Voices are coming to him from the moon—first, Victor Criss; then, “Belch” Huggins. After a while, one of the guards, Fogarty, comes over and hits Henry on... (full context)
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...father whom the authorities 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... (full context)
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Henry thinks that he is responsible for killing “Belch” Huggins and Victor Criss insofar as he is the one who led them to the... (full context)
Chapter 13: The Apocalyptic Rockfight
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Henry Bowers, Victor Criss, “Belch” Huggins, Peter Gordon, and Steve Sadler are chasing Mike through the trainyard and toward the... (full context)
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...setting off some firecrackers that Stan Uris 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... (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 known as... (full context)
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...sends Ben into a rage. Ben runs toward Henry and sends him flying upon contact. “Belch” repels Ben by hitting him with a rock the size of a golf ball. Henry... (full context)
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...Bill, Richie, 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... (full context)
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...prompts four rocks to go flying. Henry is helpless and the other bullies do nothing. “Belch” warns that the Losers’ Club will be sorry for crossing Henry. However, the bullies soon... (full context)
Chapter 17: Another One of the Missing: The Death of Patrick Hockstetter
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...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 she recalls what they were... (full context)
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...seen if she tries to run. She is also curious about what they are doing. “Belch” Huggins has his back to her and she sees that he has a very large,... (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... (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... (full context)
Chapter 19: In the Watches of the Night
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...following her are taking pains to be quiet. They draw closer to her, “walking cat-soft.” “Belch” Huggins and Victor Criss are grinning, but Henry Bowers looks “both vacant and serious.” He... (full context)
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...hate, and she spits on the top of his head. Then, she turns and runs. “Belch” Huggins and Victor Criss try to help Henry get on to his feet. He insists... (full context)
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...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, there are footfalls above Beverly and... (full context)
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...back to the day when Beverly kicked him in the balls and Victor Criss and “Belch” Huggins helped him get into the Barrens. Henry remembers standing in the clearing and looking... (full context)
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...at his father with little interest. He then goes into the other room to call “Belch” and Victor. When he goes out with them, the voice from the moon talks to... (full context)
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...they were standing right on top of them the whole time. Henry prompts Victor and “Belch” to follow them back to town. Henry and the others close in on Ben and... (full context)
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...wanted. The vehicle is red and white. The car’s passenger door swings open. It is “Belch” Huggins in the driver’s seat, and one of his eyes is missing. His dead lips... (full context)
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...“Frankenstein!” When the monster looked at Henry, he peed his pants. The creature lurched at “Belch,” who only stared. (full context)
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In 1985, Henry and the corpse of “Belch” pull up in front of the Derry Town House. Henry thinks that this is where... (full context)
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...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 his bird book.... (full context)
Chapter 21: Under the City
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...in the sewer-shaft where the three pipes are lined. He points to the skeleton of “Belch” Huggins and the headless remains of Victor Criss. This section of the system has fallen... (full context)