It

It

by

Stephen King

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Richard “Trashmouth” Tozier / Richie Character Analysis

The bespectacled member of the Losers’ Club, who generally goes by “Richie.” Tozier is known for his barbed sense of humor, his love of rock-and-roll, and his fondness for comic impressions. Along with Beverly Marsh, he starts smoking cigarettes at the age of eleven. He later improves his talent for impressions, including that of an Irish cop partly influenced by Officer Aloysius Nell, and uses it to develop a career as Los Angeles’s most successful disc jockey. His latest nickname is “the Man of a Thousand Voices.” Richie is the son of Wentworth and Maggie Tozier. He is an A-student and gets the nickname “trashmouth” due to “his wise mouth and his face, which just begged to be pounded into new and exciting shapes.” When his jokes go too far, his friends warn him by saying “beep-beep.” Initially, he is the only member of the Losers’ Club who does not have a story about It. Later, while fleeing from the house on 29 Neibolt Street with Bill Denbrough, Richie is chased by It, in the form of a werewolf. Richie is a fan of 1950s “schlock” horror films and envisions the werewolf shortly after seeing the film I Was a Teenage Werewolf. Like Ben Hanscom and Mike Hanlon, he is unmarried in adulthood, though he had a two-and-a-half year relationship with his girlfriend, an attorney named Sandy, whom he came close to marrying twice.

Richard “Trashmouth” Tozier / Richie Quotes in It

The It quotes below are all either spoken by Richard “Trashmouth” Tozier / Richie or refer to Richard “Trashmouth” Tozier / Richie . 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 3 Quotes

What a bunch of losers they had been—Stan Uris with his big Jew-boy nose, Bill Denbrough who could say nothing but "Hi-yo, Silver!" without stuttering so badly that it drove you almost dogshit, Beverly Marsh with her bruises and her cigarettes rolled into the sleeve of her blouse, Ben Hanscom who had been so big he looked like a human version of Moby Dick, and Richie Tozier with his thick glasses and his A averages and his wise mouth and his face which just begged to be pounded into new and exciting shapes. Was there a word for what they had been? Oh yes. There always was. Le mot juste. In this case le mot juste was wimps…

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Page Number: 70
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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 15 Quotes

The kid in you just leaked out, like the air out of a tire. And one day you looked in the mirror and there was a grownup looking back at you. You could go on wearing bluejeans, you could keep going to Springsteen and Seger concerts, you could dye your hair, but that was a grownup’s face in the mirror just the same. It all happened while you were asleep, maybe, like a visit from the Tooth Fairy. No, he thinks. Not the Tooth Fairy. The Age Fairy.

Page Number: 744
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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 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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Richard “Trashmouth” Tozier / Richie Character Timeline in It

The timeline below shows where the character Richard “Trashmouth” Tozier / Richie appears in It. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 3: Six Phone Calls
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Mike Hanlon next calls Richie Tozier, who manages the news about It pretty well, until he starts vomiting. Mike asks... (full context)
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Richie Tozier then calls his program director Steve Covall and tells him that he cannot interview... (full context)
Chapter 4: Ben Hanscom Takes a Fall
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...Fabulous Gum-Stick.” Frankie-or-Freddy and his gum-stick found the body of Veronica Grogan floating below Derry. Richie Tozier tells Ben Hanscom about how Frankie-or-Freddy pokes around with the gum-stick all day, and... (full context)
Chapter 5: Bill Denbrough Beats the Devil (I)
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...in the fourth week of June 1958, Silver saves the lives of both Bill and Richie Tozier. Bill cannot remember what has happened to Silver and realizes that he has not... (full context)
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...Huggins, and Victor Criss, Bill has only minor problems with them. He knows better, unlike Richie, than to antagonize them. The trick is to stay out of the bullies’ way. If... (full context)
Chapter 6: One of the Missing: A Tale from the Summer of ‘58
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...that his stepfather, Richard Macklin, does not kill him. Bill Denbrough, Ben Hanscom, Eddie Kaspbrak, Richie Tozier, Beverly Marsh, Mike Hanlon, and Stanley Uris—the members of the future Losers’ Club—are all... (full context)
Chapter 7: The Dam in the Barrens
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...flood out the whole Barrens, if they want to. Bill says that he also called Richie Tozier and that Stanley Uris, whom Ben does not know, may want to help. Bill... (full context)
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...chunks of sod to replace it. Suddenly, they hear a voice. They turn to see Richie Tozier and Stanley Uris. (full context)
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The five boys hang out into the afternoon. Richie offers cigarettes. Only Ben and Bill take one. Richie is known for having about a... (full context)
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Ben introduces himself to Tozier. Richie introduces Stanley and says that he is a Jew who, according to Victor Criss,... (full context)
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Eddie keeps the story about the hobo to himself for a week before telling Richie and Bill one day while they are reading comic books. Richie explains that the hobo... (full context)
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Richie is stunned by Bill’s story about the winking picture of George. Eddie is then prompted... (full context)
Chapter 8: Georgie’s Room and the House on Neibolt Street
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In 1985, Richard Tozier is driving in his rental car from Bangor International Airport and switches off the radio,... (full context)
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...the dam. Then, all of the boys step forward and claim responsibility for the dam. Richie cannot resist mocking the officer’s accent, prompting a dry response from Mr. Nell and an... (full context)
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Later, Bill and Richie are walking up Witcham Street. Bill is pushing Silver. Richie has the idea that the... (full context)
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Richie insists that they go to George’s room. A clue may exist there about who has... (full context)
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Bill tells Richie that the album was open before. Richie does not think this is out of the... (full context)
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Suddenly, Bill reaches into the picture. Richie prompts him to stop. He sees Bill’s fingers turn into the old white of the... (full context)
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Bill and Richie leave George’s room. Sharon Denbrough calls up from the foot of the stairs and asks... (full context)
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On Saturday, Richie, Ben, and Beverly go to see Michael Landon play in I Was a Teenage Werewolf.... (full context)
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Richie wanted to see this film so badly that he convinced his father to give him... (full context)
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Richie and Beverly look around for Ben when the movie is about to start. They see... (full context)
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As Richie, Beverly, and Ben leave the theater, Ben is confronted by Henry Bowers. Beverly tells Henry... (full context)
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Richie proposes that they go down to the Barrens. Beverly has not yet been there with... (full context)
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At the end of June, Bill tells Richie that he wants to go to the house on 29 Neibolt Street and investigate the... (full context)
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The next morning, Richie and Bill walk their bikes up Kansas Street beside the Barrens. Bill brings a Bullseye... (full context)
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Bill and Richie mount Silver and ride away. Richie is sure that they will crash. They turn onto... (full context)
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The sound is coming from a wild animal. Richie and Bill see someone—or something—in loafers coming down the stairs. It is wearing faded jeans... (full context)
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Richie gives the window “a tremendous shove,” but it does not break. Bill fires the Walther... (full context)
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...a chunk of the werewolf’s skull. Still roaring, the werewolf climbs out of the window. Richie goes back into his Irish cop voice. He puffs a cloud of the sneezing powder... (full context)
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Richie takes another look at the werewolf and sees that there are “big fluffy orange buttons,... (full context)
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Bill does not see a werewolf but a clown. Unlike Richie, he does not turn around to look at his monster. However, he, too, sees the... (full context)
Chapter 10: The Reunion
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Bill walks in and first sees Richie Tozier. He is rocking his chair back so that he is leaning against the wall... (full context)
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...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 head.... (full context)
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...famous. Beverly has two of Bill’s paperback novels and asks if he will sign them. Richie is a disc jockey in California known as “the Man of a Thousand Voices.” Bill... (full context)
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...guesses that it is the BBC communications center that Ben designed. The drinks come, and Richie initiates a toast. The food comes, and they eat. For dessert, they have baked Alaska.... (full context)
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Richie asks if Ben succeeded in losing the weight. Ben says that he did, but that... (full context)
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...hands him his course sheet, it says that he has been excused from physical education. Richie congratulates him for beating the coach, and Ben thinks that he was able to do... (full context)
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...closest to where all of them live, as a way to keep tabs on them. Richie asks Mike what has been happening in Derry. Mike is afraid to tell them too... (full context)
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...has not seen it since the spring of 1958. He tried to show it to Richie, but it was gone. Eddie takes a hit from his aspirator. (full context)
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Mike then unbuttons his shirt and spreads it wide, revealing pink claw marks. Richie remembers the werewolf at 29 Neibolt Street and asks Bill if he remembers, but Bill... (full context)
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Richie then launches into a story about how he met a woman a year after he... (full context)
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Richie’s doctor tells him that he wants to take a sperm sample because sometimes the vasa... (full context)
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Richie then says that the California branch of the American Medical Association has logged only twenty-three... (full context)
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...bug—in “an ugly yellow-brown”—crawls out of Eddie’s cookie. It is some sort of mutant cricket. Richie stares down at what comes out of his fortune cookie: an eye. Ben throws his... (full context)
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...looks down at his plate and seeks a leg poking out of his fortune cookie. Richie looks at it, too. A “great, grayish black fly” tries to emerge from the cookie.... (full context)
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...that he is going to take a walk to get some fresh air. Ben and Richie share a cab and the others take the bus. Bill knows that the walk back... (full context)
Chapter 11: Walking Tours
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Richie and Ben end up in the same cab that Bill took to town. The cabbie,... (full context)
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...runs home with a hole in the seat of his pants. Eddie thinks that if Richie were there, he would not have been able to keep himself from saying something and... (full context)
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Richie is walking along Outer Canal Street, past Bassey Park. He has been walking aimlessly since... (full context)
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Richie remembers, too, an instance in which he raised the ire of Henry Bowers by laughing... (full context)
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As Richie Tozier continues walking, he sees the City Center marquee. He remembers how, in March 1958,... (full context)
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The statue of Paul Bunyan speaks to Richie, saying it is going to eat him up. It says that when Richie wakes up,... (full context)
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Richie lingers for a while longer, wondering if the statue will move again. Richie figures that... (full context)
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Richie starts to get up and decides that he will go back to the Derry Town... (full context)
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Reaching the sidewalk, Richie dares to look back again. Both Paul Bunyan and the clown are gone. Now, there... (full context)
Chapter 13: The Apocalyptic Rockfight
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In the memory, Richie hangs his transistor radio over the lowermost branch of a tree against which he is... (full context)
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Ben, Richie, Stanley, and Bill all believe that Henry Bowers hates them the most, but Henry hates... (full context)
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Ben and Richie bend to get rocks, as Bill says, then Richie takes off his glasses, folds them,... (full context)
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...bullies had no problem ganging up on Mike Hanlon. In a kind of revenge, Bill, Richie, Stanley, and Eddie fling rocks at Moose, who howls in fear and pain. “Belch” and... (full context)
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...go to Eddie but suddenly feels ill and heads for the bushes instead, to vomit. Richie and Beverly go to Eddie, and Richie helps Eddie get his aspirator. Beverly then thanks... (full context)
Chapter 14: The Album
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...were digging out the clubhouse when Mike brought his father’s photo album to the Barrens. Richie remembers the album performing the same trick that he and Bill saw when looking through... (full context)
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...toward the balloons, not really seeing them now as he tries to remember that day. Richie calls after Mike from another room to ask if he is okay. Mike suggests that... (full context)
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Mike thinks back again to how they all meet in the Barrens. He remembers hearing Richie’s “Pickaninny Voice” pointing out the novelty of Mike’s presence. Mike says “hello” to everyone and... (full context)
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...a little over this shared interest. Mike asks what they have all been up to. Richie tells Mike how Ben once flooded out the Barrens. Now, the group is going to... (full context)
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...the bird and of how he ran from the Ironworks to escape it. Later, Bill, Richie, and Ben walk to the Derry Public Library, still keeping a close watch out for... (full context)
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...that they all had to do something about It as soon as possible. Ben and Richie ask Bill what they should do. He suggests that they use a silver bullet to... (full context)
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...week passes, and it is mid-July. The underground club house is nearly finished. Ben and Richie are working on the clubhouse while the others have gone to get more materials. Richie... (full context)
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Richie then attempts to sing a rock-and-roll song, which amuses Ben and Mike. When Mike holds... (full context)
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...work with pulling out the rusty nails. Eddie warns Ben that he can get tetanus—which Richie mishears as “titnuss”—if he cuts himself on a rusty nail. Eddie explains what tetanus is... (full context)
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...Main Street 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... (full context)
Chapter 15: The Smoke-Hole
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Richie pushes his glasses up on his nose. The gesture feels familiar, though he has worn... (full context)
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Suddenly, Richie half-stands, gropes for the table, then falls back into his chair. His eyes are burning.... (full context)
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Richie recalls the story of the smoke-hole. He remembers that it occurred four or five days... (full context)
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Richie recalls Bill riding him to Kansas Street on Silver and stowing the bike under the... (full context)
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Bill thinks that the smoke-hole ceremony is a good idea. Richie thinks that, if anyone has a vision, it will be Bill. Ben thinks that it’s... (full context)
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Ben and Richie go down first, and the others hand down the rocks one by one. For kindling,... (full context)
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Mike asks Richie how he is feeling. Richie says that he almost feels “good” and Mike asks if... (full context)
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Mike and Richie notice that they are no longer inside of the clubhouse but in the Barrens. However,... (full context)
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Suddenly, they hear “a tuneless, soulless sound.” Richie turns his head up toward the sky, where it is coming from. The sound takes... (full context)
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Richie’s eyes flutter open and Beverly is kneeling beside him, wiping his mouth with a handkerchief.... (full context)
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Beverly asks if Richie really had a vision, like in Ben’s book. Richie says that, if he did, he... (full context)
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...have been using the sewers, waiting for the ice to melt and people to come. Richie adds that this may be why It uses sewers and drains—as “regular freeways.” Stanley asks... (full context)
Chapter 16: Eddie’s Bad Break
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By the time Richie finishes the story about the smoke-hole, everyone is nodding. Eddie reaches for an Excedrin. Five... (full context)
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...hospital (he later finds out that they did actually show up). He sees Bill and Richie riding double on Silver. He sees Beverly wearing a green dress, though she never wears... (full context)
Chapter 17: Another One of the Missing: The Death of Patrick Hockstetter
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...he had sweaty, meaty hands, though he would touch girls as lightly as a feather. Richie remembers his pencil box full of dead flies. Bill asks Beverly what happened to Patrick. (full context)
Chapter 18: The Bullseye
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...like a twisting rope. Beverly recalls the werewolf and how they all saw it after Richie told his story about the experience on Neibolt Street. Ben says that this scar was... (full context)
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...has the molds and Bill hands them over. After deciding on slugs instead of bullets, Richie and Bill spend additional time at the library, researching. The kids find the molds at... (full context)
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...in the workshop, Ben looks at the molds carefully and puts them down. Bill and Richie look at him with interest but little idea of what he is doing. Ben reaches... (full context)
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...Neibolt Street around ten in the morning. They all ride their bikes, though Bill and Richie are riding double on Silver. Stanley thinks that the windows look like eyes. Beverly notes... (full context)
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...asks if he can see anything. Bill points out the coal pile that he and Richie used to escape the last time they were there. Bill and Beverly slip down into... (full context)
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...the Bullseye and suggests that Bill do it instead. He shakes his head. The house, Richie finds, is full of rats. They go down the front hall, which smells like urine... (full context)
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...spills out. The liquid stains the mattress and runs over the floor toward the doorway. Richie tells Bill to shut the door. Bill shuts it and prompts the others to “come... (full context)
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...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 over the drainpipe. Its green... (full context)
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...steps in front of her. The Werewolf lunges at Ben with its greenish-yellow eyes flaring. Richie is bellowing, though the sound is dim in Ben’s ears. Eddie yells at Beverly to... (full context)
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The Werewolf attacks Bill again and Richie screams for Beverly to shoot it. Beverly aims for the right eye and misses by... (full context)
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Bill tells everyone that they need to leave. He asks Richie to help him with Ben. Ben looks down at his stomach. The Werewolf has slashed... (full context)
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...the clubhouse. It is cool inside, and they sit without talking very much. Beverly and Richie pass a cigarette back and forth. Ben keeps thinking that everything that happened on Neibolt... (full context)
Chapter 19: In the Watches of the Night
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...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. Mike suggests that there may be... (full context)
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...clouded again. Bill glances back and sees the library half a block away. Eddie and Richie are standing on the top step. Ben is standing on the bottom step, watching as... (full context)
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...trapdoor shut. Beverly comes close and hugs him in the darkness. Beverly then realizes that Richie’s transistor radio is still playing in the darkness. Suddenly, there is a crunch and silence.... (full context)
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At 1:20 PM in 1958, Eddie sees Stanley and Richie coming out of the Costello Avenue Market. Eddie asks for a lick of Richie’s Rocket... (full context)
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...hip pocket to indicate that he does. The group goes down the embankment, single-file, and Richie pushes Silver down. When they reach the bottom, Bill puts his bike at its customary... (full context)
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...some point between breakfast and lunch, they all became ghosts to the adults around them. Richie thinks of how safe they would all be if they could just get out of... (full context)
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...through the river. He reaches the tree and climbs over, and the others follow. When Richie sees Victor Criss, he chucks another rock at him. The bullies disappear into the underbrush. (full context)
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Bill looks at Richie, Mike, and Stan and tells them that they have to get the lid off of... (full context)
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...go in and Bill shrugs to indicate that, yes, obviously they have to go in. Richie asks Bill to remind him of the ritual Bill read about in a book: the... (full context)
Chapter 20: The Circle Closes
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...disappeared. Bill tells Beverly to call the others while he splints Eddie’s arm. She calls Richie, then Ben. Both of them agree to come right away. She calls Mike last, but... (full context)
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Richie calls the hospital, pretending to be a reporter from the Derry News, to get information... (full context)
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The group take Eddie’s borrowed limo from the hotel. Richie turns on the radio. Just as Bill asks him to turn it off, the clown’s... (full context)
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Richie parks beside the bridge in the Barrens under which Bill used to park Silver. They... (full context)
Chapter 21: Under the City
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In 1958, the Losers’ Club enters the tunnels at 2:15 PM. Beverly and Richie have ten matches between them, but Bill won’t let them use them. The water is... (full context)
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At 4:30 AM in 1985, the adult group enters the tunnels. Richie calls out to find Eddie and Bill. Eddie responds and says that Bill is up... (full context)
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...reminds himself of the drop-off at the end, though it still surprises him. He asks Richie for matches, but Beverly offers some. Bill strikes a match and sees his wife’s wedding... (full context)
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...leper. When they reach the end of the narrow pipe, they slither down like eels. Richie asks Eddie how deep they are. Eddie figures that they are a quarter of 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 the pipe.... (full context)
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...tentacles touch him. Bill’s strength returns. Eddie screams deliriously that it is just an eye. Richie stumbles forward and delivers a single, weak punch. He feels his fist sink into the... (full context)
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...Bill, saying how his death is Bill’s fault and he is going to kill him. Richie tells Bill to fight his guilt. He wonders what his friends are doing beside him,... (full context)
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...rhyme that he learned in speech school. His voice is deeper and hardly his own. Richie remembers that Bill only stuttered in his own voice. The George-thing recoils and hisses. Bill... (full context)
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Back under the city, Richie strikes a light. Bill senses that something is wrong—something related to Mike. Bill tells everyone... (full context)
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Bill then has the sensation that Mike is fine. They continue into the tunnel, with Richie or Bill periodically lighting matches. The chamber they are walking through is getting larger and... (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, with both... (full context)
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...because strands of the web are coming down. Bill wonders where the Spider is, and Richie says that the lights are going out. Ben yells for everyone to get back because... (full context)
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...Its tongue. The other four watch the replay of what occurred when they were children. Richie glances up at the new web and there are new bodies there, some half-eaten and... (full context)
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Richie’s gaze moves from Bill to the Spider. Bill’s face stretches in a curious way. Then,... (full context)
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Richie feels overwhelmed by darkness and calls out to Bill. It is hurting badly now and... (full context)
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...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 passes, but Eddie... (full context)
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...Bill sees It getting away again. Beverly cradles Eddie’s head in her lap and prompts Richie Tozier to go with Bill, to ensure that It does not get away this time.... (full context)
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Bill and Richie follow Its trail of blood. They encounter the eggs and stomp on them. It can... (full context)
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...feels no physical pleasure, but she senses a closeness. Mike comes to her next, then Richie. She feels some pleasure now. Then, Stan goes to her. Ben and Bill are the... (full context)
Chapter 23: Out
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...a giant ripping sound: the Standpipe has fallen. Only Andrew Keene saw it happen. Meanwhile, Richie and Bill are staring It down underground. Its mandibles open and close and Its one... (full context)
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...a voice—the Voice of the Other—telling him that he did well. Bill cries out for Richie. He cannot find him and there is no response. Bill begins to weep. (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... (full context)
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Richie offers to help Bill carry his wife as they work their way through the tunnel.... (full context)
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Richie takes Audra back from Bill, and they pull themselves out of the sewer. A woman... (full context)
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Around this time, Richie flags down an ambulance for Audra. Bill says that he is going back to the... (full context)
Derry: The Last Interlude
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Bill says that Richie flew back to California in the morning. Mike asks if Bill will stay in touch.... (full context)
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...afternoon of the following day. There is still no change in Audra. He also calls Richie in California. Mike tells Richie that they are forgetting things again, and asks him what... (full context)
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Richie tells Mike that, if he is ever in Los Angeles, they should get together for... (full context)
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...and Bill says that it is “Kerkorian,” which is actually the fake last name that Richie used to call the hospital when Mike was admitted for his stab wound. Bill tells... (full context)