It

It

by

Stephen King

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Bill, sometimes also called “Big Bill” due to his height, is the unofficial leader of the Losers’ Club—a motley group of adolescent social outcasts who are brought together through their mutual experiences of being bullied by Henry Bowers and of the evil supernatural forces that rule Derry’s sewers. He is the son of Zack and Sharon Denbrough and the older brother of George Denbrough. At the age of three, he is hit by a car and knocked into the side of a building, an accident that left him unconscious for seven hours and that becomes his mother’s explanation for his persistent stutter. Bill is sent to a speech school in Bangor where he learns techniques to correct his stutter, such as reciting a poem, which he uses later to help him combat It. When George is killed by Pennywise the Dancing Clown, Bill is ten years old and a student at Derry Elementary School. After George’s death, Bill’s parents shut him out, which he internalizes as a sense that he is partly responsible for George’s death and that they value him less than they did his younger brother. Around the time that he befriends the other members of the Losers’ Club, he gets an oversized bike that he calls “Silver.” Bill writes a novel about ghosts while still a student at the University of Maine and supports himself by working part-time in a textile mill. Bill becomes a successful author at the age of twenty-three and his next book, The Black Rapids, is an even greater success. The book is adapted into a film entitled Pit of the Black Demon and stars his future wife, Audra Phillips. In adulthood, Bill is described as a tall, balding man. He is the novel’s protagonist because he leads the pursuit of It, spurred both by the death of his younger brother as well as his wish to quell the darker forces in his life.

William “Stuttering Bill” Denbrough Quotes in It

The It quotes below are all either spoken by William “Stuttering Bill” Denbrough or refer to William “Stuttering Bill” Denbrough . 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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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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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Epilogue Quotes

He touches his wife's smooth back as she sleeps her warm sleep and dreams her own dreams; he thinks that it is good to be a child, but it is also good to be grownup and able to consider the mystery of childhood…its beliefs and desires, I will write about all of this one day, he thinks, and knows it's just a dawn thought, an after-dreaming thought. But it's nice to think so for awhile in the morning's clean silence, to think that childhood has its own sweet secrets and confirms mortality, and that mortality defines all courage and love. To think that what has looked forward must also look back, and that each life makes its own imitation of immortality: a wheel.

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William “Stuttering Bill” Denbrough Character Timeline in It

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Chapter 1: After the Flood
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...galoshes trails after the boat. He is George Denbrough—a six-year-old with a ten-year-old older brother, Bill Denbrough, known at Derry Elementary School as “Stuttering Bill.” Bill currently has the flu and... (full context)
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...rest. This habit of enduring tragedy, then forgetting about it is characteristic of Derry, which Bill Denbrough will come to learn in time. (full context)
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...also sprinting to his death. He is overwhelmed by love and appreciation for his brother Bill and wishes that Bill could be there with him. He races down toward the intersection... (full context)
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The scene flashes back to the moments before George leaves the house to go play. Bill is sitting up in bed and has just finished making the paper boat. He asks... (full context)
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...remembers that the power is out. He wonders if he should go back and tell Bill that he can’t get the wax because he’s afraid that something will get him. He... (full context)
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...wonders where he has seen it before. Sharon starts playing Für Elise again—the song that Bill will remember for the rest of his life as the piece that his mother plays... (full context)
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George watches as Bill uses the knife to cut off a cube of paraffin wax. Bill puts the cube... (full context)
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Bill and George dip their fingers into the melted but cooling wax and smear it around... (full context)
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...Sharon Denbrough is in the Emergency Room at the Derry Home Hospital being sedated, and Bill Denbrough listens, stunned, while his father, Zack Denbrough, sobs in the parlor, the boat shoots... (full context)
Chapter 3: Six Phone Calls
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...took baths at 7:00 PM in the evenings. Earlier, he was reading a book by William Denbrough , a childhood friend of Stanley’s. Patty observes that Denbrough’s books upset and depressed Stanley.... (full context)
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...1967. While reviewing these memories, she remembers, too, having tried to read a book by Bill Denbrough—a book about werewolves. She wonders what a man like Denbrough would know about werewolves. (full context)
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...he has not thought about in years: the house on Neibolt Street, the sewers, and Bill Denbrough’s dead brother, George. The onrush of these memories causes Richie to vomit, and afterward... (full context)
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...have the coins. He says that he gave the fourth one to his old friend Bill Denbrough, who is a writer now. Ricky worries that Hanscom may be planning to kill... (full context)
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...Tom suddenly feels invisible while Beverly recalls her childhood in Derry and tells him who Bill and George Denbrough are. (full context)
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In England, Bill Denbrough explains to his wife, Audra Phillips, that he must go back to Derry, Maine.... (full context)
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Bill Denbrough goes on to write his first novel in his senior year of college and... (full context)
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Audra tells Bill what she knows about him. She recalls stories he has told her about his past,... (full context)
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Bill says that the children took an oath to return to Derry if It “ever started... (full context)
Derry: The First Interlude
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...he will have to make the six phone calls to his old friends. He remembers Bill Denbrough telling them many years ago how the turtle could not help them. Instead, the... (full context)
Chapter 4: Ben Hanscom Takes a Fall
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...crack.” Ben thinks that he recognizes the voice of one of the kids as “Stuttering Bill” Denbrough. (full context)
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...his mother will say. He goes around “an elbow-bend in the stream” and sees that Bill Denbrough is still there with another boy. The other kid’s head is thrown back as... (full context)
Chapter 5: Bill Denbrough Beats the Devil (I)
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Back in 1985, Bill Denbrough is aboard the Concorde and feels that he is “space-travelling.” The airplane is narrow... (full context)
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Bill remembers the bike he rode in 1958: Silver. He names it after the horse on... (full context)
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Bill flashes back to a memory of speeding down Kansas Street on Silver. As for Henry... (full context)
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Ben stays with Eddie while Bill speeds away on Silver. He dangerously passes a bus, causing the driver to shake his... (full context)
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On the way back to the Barrens, Bill thinks about the recent murders and how some people believe that George Denbrough’s murder is... (full context)
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At Bill’s house, his parents Zack and Sharon are sitting on opposite ends of the couch watching... (full context)
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On the first night of summer vacation, Bill goes into George’s room. He, too, misses George—his voice, his laughter. On this night after... (full context)
Chapter 6: One of the Missing: A Tale from the Summer of ‘58
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...June 19th and it is true 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... (full context)
Chapter 7: The Dam in the Barrens
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...he cannot remember which. He is starting to remember things, such as how he loved Bill Denbrough. He recalls how it had been Bill’s idea to build a dam in the... (full context)
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...how Ben shows them how to 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... (full context)
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Bill and Eddie set one of the boards across the stream. They place a second board... (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 dozen different voices he uses. His... (full context)
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...is backstopped by a huge sloping hill of soil and stones. While the boys relax, Bill tells them about the winking photo of George. (full context)
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...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 probably had... (full context)
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Richie is stunned by Bill’s story about the winking picture of George. Eddie is then prompted to share his own... (full context)
Chapter 8: Georgie’s Room and the House on Neibolt Street
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...mocking the officer’s accent, prompting a dry response from Mr. Nell and an order from Bill to keep quiet. Mr. Nell explains how waste flows through the Barrens and that the... (full context)
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Later, Bill and Richie are walking up Witcham Street. Bill is pushing Silver. Richie has the idea... (full context)
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Bill tells Richie that the album was open before. Richie does not think this is out... (full context)
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Suddenly, Bill reaches into the picture. Richie prompts him to stop. He sees Bill’s fingers turn into... (full context)
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Bill and Richie leave George’s room. Sharon Denbrough calls up from the foot of the stairs... (full context)
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...exchange for mowing the entire lawn. As he mows, he practices his voices. He calls Bill, Eddie, and Stan to go with him but none can make it. He decides to... (full context)
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...When they arrive, she declares it “beautiful.” They hear voices in the distance and suddenly, Bill Denbrough emerges. He has another kid with him, probably from Bangor, which is where he... (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... (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 slingshot out... (full context)
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Bill and Richie mount Silver and ride away. Richie is sure that they will crash. They... (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 but has... (full context)
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Richie gives the window “a tremendous shove,” but it does not break. Bill fires the Walther a third time. Bill cries out that It has him. Bill is... (full context)
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Bill pulls the trigger on the Walther and takes off a chunk of the werewolf’s skull.... (full context)
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...its teeth, which are crooked fangs, and smells the “sweet rotten meat on its breath.” Bill pumps the pedals on the bike, which finally stops wavering, and they take off. The... (full context)
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Bill does not see a werewolf but a clown. Unlike Richie, he does not turn around... (full context)
Chapter 9: Cleaning Up
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...clown has taken him down into the drain and will soon take Beverly, Ben Hanscom, Bill Denbrough, Eddie Kaspbrak, and the others. A red bubble backs up the drain then pops.... (full context)
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...pennies. Bradley has a lisp. He came down into the Barrens a week ago with Bill, who met Bradley at speech class in Bangor. Beverly plays and succeeds in getting her... (full context)
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...in the laundromat, Stanley has finished his story. Eddie says that they should talk to Bill about all of this, as he will know what to do. Stanley, however, does not... (full context)
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...the clown by reciting the names of birds. Stanley says that the others can tell Bill about everything if they want to, but, for him, there are worse things than being... (full context)
Chapter 10: The Reunion
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Back in 1985, the telephone rings and Bill Denbrough answers it. It is Mike Hanlon. Bill remembers where he is. He is in... (full context)
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Bill hangs up the phone and takes a shower. He then orders a breakfast that he... (full context)
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The cabbie tells Bill how the First Merchants of Penobscot County wanted to tear down the Aladdin Theater and... (full context)
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...pulls into the parking lot of a building that “[looks] like a large plastic pagoda.” Bill gives the cabbie a big tip and the cabbie introduces himself as “Dave.” Bill remembers... (full context)
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Mike pulls away from Bill around the time that the hostess comes to lead them to their table. She leads... (full context)
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Bill walks in and first sees Richie Tozier. He is rocking his chair back so that... (full context)
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...is the one who has really changed. He has gotten thin. They are all there, Bill Denbrough thinks, even Stanley Uris and It. Richie Tozier grins at Bill and asks him... (full context)
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...wife could be having an affair with Al Pacino as they speak. Everyone knows what Bill and Ben have been up to because they are famous. Beverly has two of Bill’s... (full context)
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...the story is going and tells Ben that he does not need to continue, but Bill wants to hear more. The paddling results in Ben crying on the floor. His coach... (full context)
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...lost the weight to have a little dignity and peace, which are worth fighting for. Bill has difficulty believing that a teenager would ever talk like that. Ben thinks that most... (full context)
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Mike signals the waitress and they all order another round of drinks. Bill hopes that someone else will tell a story about the years between. He wants to... (full context)
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...tell them too much, out of fear that they could also be driven to suicide. Bill insists that Mike tell them what he can. (full context)
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...Pennywise. Mike says that Harold Gardener was one of the investigating officers. This triggers in Bill the memory of his brother George’s death. Mike then mentions a boy found mutilated in... (full context)
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...out of a notebook. It is the old school photo from George’s album. Mike asks Bill when he last saw it. Bill says that he has not seen it since the... (full context)
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...foot of a cement retaining wall.” A message is scrawled on the wall: “Come home.” Bill looks at Mike grimly, and Mike confirms Bill’s suspicion: the message has been written in... (full context)
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...wide, revealing pink claw marks. Richie remembers the werewolf at 29 Neibolt Street and asks Bill if he remembers, but Bill does not. Bill only remembers that he wanted to kill... (full context)
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Mike asks Bill if he remembers the “deadlights.” Bill says that he does not, and he does not... (full context)
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...insists that this fact from Richie’s life does not prove anything about their childlessness, but Bill thinks it certainly suggests a link. Bill then asks Mike what they should do now. (full context)
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...them all back on the strength of a promise that most of them barely remember. Bill thinks of his brother, George, and feels the same old rage within himself. He raises... (full context)
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For a moment, Bill’s hand hangs in the air alone. Then Beverly, Mike, and Ben raise their hands. Eddie... (full context)
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Bill asks what Mike’s idea is. Mike thinks that everyone should go back to the place... (full context)
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Before they leave, Beverly prompts everyone to open and eat their fortune cookies. Bill worries that the fortune cookies may be part of It, but it is too late... (full context)
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Bill encourages everyone to “dummy up” and pretend as though everything is fine. The waitress, Rose,... (full context)
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Bill says that It is up to Its old tricks. Bill figures that It latches on... (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, Dave, is silent with them, whereas he was chatty with... (full context)
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...love her and that he was the reason why she had fallen in love with Bill in the summer of 1958—he had projected the same sense of authority as her father.... (full context)
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...remembers Ben saying that he wrote the poem. She also thinks that she remembers telling Bill that she loved him. She realizes, with sudden shock, that she is standing in front... (full context)
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Bill does not see Pennywise, but he does see a ghost. He walks up Witcham Street,... (full context)
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Bill asks the boy if he ever heard the voices again. He says that he heard... (full context)
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...that the animal tried to bite him. The boy did not believe the story, but Bill warns him to stay away from the Canal. The boy sometimes thinks that he might... (full context)
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Bill walks up to his old house, and slows down when he sees people on the... (full context)
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Bill keeps going downtown when he sees a little girl. He asks her what the best... (full context)
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The sight of Silver causes tears to run down Bill’s cheeks. Bill notices that the shop smells musty with age. It has an “attic smell,”... (full context)
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The proprietor offers to sell Bill the bike for twenty dollars. He then asks if Bill has a son. Bill lies... (full context)
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Bill walks the bike out of the store and marvels at how well his adult hands... (full context)
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Mike makes burgers after he and Bill finish working on Silver. Mike’s house is a neat little, white Cape Cod with green... (full context)
Chapter 12: Three Uninvited Guests
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...reads the brief author’s note at the end of The Black Rapids. He learns that William Denbrough is a native of New England and lives in California with his wife, Audra Phillips.... (full context)
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...Firestone, the producer of Attic Room, in regard to the hiring of her stuntwoman. Worse, Bill has been called back to do rewrites of the film. Audra tells Freddie that Bill... (full context)
Chapter 13: The Apocalyptic Rockfight
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Bill is the first member of the group at the library, watching as Mike deals with... (full context)
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...a tree against which he is leaning. The sun bounces off the radio’s chrome, prompting Bill to ask him to take it down. Richie obeys and also turns the radio off,... (full context)
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Ben, Richie, Stanley, and Bill all believe that Henry Bowers hates them the most, but Henry hates all four of... (full context)
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...Gordon, and Steve Sadler are chasing Mike through the trainyard and toward the Barrens when Bill and the rest of the Losers’ Club are still sitting near the Kenduskeag River, pondering... (full context)
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Ben mentions how “creepy” it is where they are walking. Bill leads them up the dry bank into heavy shrubbery. The smell of the dump is... (full context)
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...if it is dynamite. Stanley asks if they still want to shoot off the firecrackers. Bill tells him to put them away. Stan opens his mouth to say something and hears... (full context)
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Ben and Richie bend to get rocks, as Bill says, then Richie takes off his glasses, folds them, and puts them inside his shirt.... (full context)
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...pick with each member of the Losers’ Club, but today, he is focused on Mike. Bill then steps forward and tells Henry to leave the Barrens because it belongs to the... (full context)
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Bill comes up behind “Moose” Sadler and hits him with rocks. “Moose” calls Bill “a yellowbelly”... (full context)
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Bill then walks toward Victor and looks him squarely in the eye. Suddenly, as though able... (full context)
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...look at the new dark-skinned kid. Their look of careful curiosity is familiar to Mike. Bill looks at him, then at everyone else, and senses that their group is somehow complete.... (full context)
Chapter 14: The Album
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...album to the Barrens. Richie remembers the album performing the same trick that he and Bill saw when looking through George Denbrough’s old album. Ben then says that he remembers what... (full context)
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...Mike issues his apologies for how the others got banged up during the rockfight, but Bill tells him not to worry about it. He then asks Mike if he can pose... (full context)
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Mike thinks for a moment that Bill is going to ask him what it is like to be black. Instead, Bill asks... (full context)
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Before Bill divulges the secret, he asks if there is anyone who does not want Mike in... (full context)
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...of 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... (full context)
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Bill tells them that Stan Uris once suggested that they all had to do something about... (full context)
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...forth the body of Jimmy Cullum. Jimmy’s face is mostly missing except for his nose. Bill and Eddie come back toward the clubhouse, wondering what Mike, Ben, and Richie are laughing... (full context)
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After Bill and Eddie bring back the boards, Ben gets to work with pulling out the rusty... (full context)
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Bill notices the album in Mike’s hands and the group looks at it. Bill warns that... (full context)
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...is “playing the shell-game with a bunch of drunken loggers.” He winks at a lumberjack. Bill estimates that this latter picture is from about a hundred years after the foolcard. (full context)
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...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. The parade wiggles... (full context)
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Bill helps Stan come to terms with the fact that, this time, everyone has seen the... (full context)
Chapter 15: The Smoke-Hole
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...Club continues to knock back their individual preferences for booze. Eddie is drinking gin-and-prune juice, Bill drinks bourbon, Mike opens another beer, and Beverly finishes her third screwdriver. Eddie breaks the... (full context)
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Richie recalls Bill riding him to Kansas Street on Silver and stowing the bike under the little bridge... (full context)
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Bill asks what has been going on, and Eddie prompts Ben to tell Bill and Richie... (full context)
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Bill thinks that the smoke-hole ceremony is a good idea. Richie thinks that, if anyone has... (full context)
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...she shows them the faint mark of soot from where she burned the single match-head. Bill reasons that they all have to go down. When Eddie asks what will happen if... (full context)
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...on the smoky fire. Then, Ben gets up and leaves. Eddie and Beverly are next. Bill begins to cough and can’t stop. Richie encourages him to leave, so as not to... (full context)
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...Richie tilts his head back and feels that he is drifting away, like a balloon. Bill’s voice calls down, asking if the guys are all right. Richie hears the voice as... (full context)
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...nods. Richie gets to his feet but is unsure if he is going to faint. Bill says that he and Ben pulled Richie and Mike Hanlon out of the clubhouse. Ben... (full context)
Chapter 16: Eddie’s Bad Break
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Beverly remembers that all of Henry’s friends died on July 20th. She and Bill prompt Eddie to tell them the story of how his arm broke. Eddie remembers, too,... (full context)
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...at the 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... (full context)
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Eddie then tells his mother that Bill and the rest of the Losers’ Club will be back and, when they come, she... (full context)
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Bill and the rest of the Losers’ Club returns to the hospital in the evening. Their... (full context)
Chapter 17: Another One of the Missing: The Death of Patrick Hockstetter
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...girls as lightly as a feather. Richie remembers his pencil box full of dead flies. Bill asks Beverly what happened to Patrick. (full context)
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...She thinks that it is her gang and becomes excited by the possibility of seeing Bill Denbrough. She knows that she is too young to love a boy, but she loves... (full context)
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...Henry’s is “small and hairless” but Victor’s is quite big. She thinks to herself that Bill “has one of those,” too. Now, Beverly is scared to move—if they know that she... (full context)
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...saw Patrick Hocksetter open his fridge. The smell of rain is in the air and Bill is working to patch up Beverly’s wound. The rain then comes and turns into a... (full context)
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Bill advances toward the fridge and threatens to kill Pennywise, screaming about how It murdered his... (full context)
Chapter 18: The Bullseye
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In the flashback, Bill insists that Ben make the silver slugs, just as he insists that Beverly hold the... (full context)
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Back 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.... (full context)
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...to bed. Beverly’s mother asks if she has a ride home, and Beverly says that Bill’s dad will take them home. Her mother asks if she’s on a date, but Beverly... (full context)
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Beverly joins the others at the table where they are playing Monopoly. Stanley wins. Bill moves the little silver shoe that he is using as a marker around the board,... (full context)
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...at 25 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.... (full context)
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...The bushes that the leper touched on the day of Eddie’s visit have turned black. Bill asks if everyone is ready. They say that they are, and he drops to his... (full context)
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...leaves under the porch crackle under the children’s weight and release a “sour old smell.” Bill reaches the broken cellar window and looks into the cellar. Beverly asks if he can... (full context)
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The room is dim but not dark. Bill walks toward the stairs and the others follow him. Bill signals for everyone to go... (full context)
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Bill pushes open a door to what might be a parlor. Ben thinks that he hears... (full context)
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Bill helps Stanley remembers that he has something to defend himself against It: his bird book.... (full context)
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Bill draws back from the rising cry. Ben finds the sound maddening and thinks that a... (full context)
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They go to the door at the end of the hall. Bill pulls it open. White shards of a broken toilet lay everywhere inside. There is a... (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... (full context)
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Bill tells everyone that they need to leave. He asks Richie to help him with Ben.... (full context)
Chapter 19: In the Watches of the Night
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...wants to sleep. Eddie wants to continue talking so that they can remember everything, but Bill agrees that they will either remember or they will not. Mike suggests that they all... (full context)
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...Suddenly, Beverly screams and looks down at her hands. Her hand opens and is bleeding. Bill sees that the old scar that he noticed on his hand in England is also... (full context)
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When the group goes out, they see that the sky has clouded again. Bill glances back and sees the library half a block away. Eddie and Richie are standing... (full context)
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...her only training bra. Her mind slips back to the house on Neibolt Street when Bill gave her his shirt. The glances of the boys had seemed natural to her. Now,... (full context)
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...father. She wonders if something similar is happening to her friends. She thinks that only Bill would know what to do. She stops walking where the seminary pathway joins the Kansas... (full context)
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Back near the Derry Town House in 1985, it is 2:00 AM and Beverly and Bill are walking back to their rooms. Beverly tells Bill that the Losers’ Club were the... (full context)
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Bill gets his keys to Room 311. If they had gone to Beverly’s room on the... (full context)
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Bill and Beverly make love and, during her second orgasm, the window of memory opens. She... (full context)
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Beverly and Bill go to sleep. She feels Bill’s arm cradling her breast and has a dream. She... (full context)
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...chance it and takes a couple of licks. Stan offers Eddie the rest of his. Bill rolls up to them on Silver, doing about twenty miles per hour, and shouts for... (full context)
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...how Henry has a knife and they cannot go down into the Barrens. Ben tells Bill that Henry really has gone crazy, and Beverly retells the story of how Henry and... (full context)
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Bill tells everyone that they are going down to the Barrens. He insists that it belongs... (full context)
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...racing as he fumbles for the telephone. The desk clerk answers and Eddie asks for Bill Denbrough’s room. Bill answers the phone, sounding cautious. Eddie tells him how Henry Bowers entered... (full context)
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Back in the Barrens in 1958, Bill explains that he led everyone back down there to help them understand that no place... (full context)
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Ben tells Bill that they should run. Two rocks fly out of the bushes and one of them... (full context)
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Bill looks at Richie, Mike, and Stan and tells them that they have to get the... (full context)
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...the bore of the inflow pipe.” If enough water rises, they could drown. She asks Bill if they have to go in and Bill shrugs to indicate that, yes, obviously they... (full context)
Chapter 20: The Circle Closes
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...that Beverly has been doing worse than sneaking smokes; she has also been sleeping with Bill Denbrough. (full context)
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...she has the feeling of being someone else. She is aware of being chased, and Bill Denbrough is in her dream. Bill is only a boy in this dream—ten or twelve... (full context)
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...over into her waking, and the only thing that grounds her is her thought of Bill and her knowledge that he is from this town. A chill runs through her and... (full context)
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A voice comes on the phone and Audra asks it to dial Bill Denbrough’s room. Halfway through the seventh ring, the connection is broken. The desk clerk tells... (full context)
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Beverly and Bill dress quickly and go to Eddie’s room. They hear a phone bell ring faintly. Beverly... (full context)
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Bill asks Eddie where the knife is. Beverly looks for it on the floor, but Eddie... (full context)
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...tells the others that Mike is alive but in grave condition. Beverly begins to cry. Bill asks Beverly if she still wants to go to the police. She says that she... (full context)
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...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 voice comes on the radio announcing the... (full context)
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Richie parks beside the bridge in the Barrens under which Bill used to park Silver. They all go to the clearing where the clubhouse once was,... (full context)
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Bill grabs the matches that Beverly has brought and lights one. Then, he yanks the purse... (full context)
Chapter 21: Under the City
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...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 deeper now and a few dead animals... (full context)
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Eddie indicates that they need to go through the third pipe—the shit pipe. Bill leads them through, grimacing. They go twenty feet and the air becomes rancid. Bill hears... (full context)
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Bill lights another match so that everyone can see “the green, swelled thing that had been... (full context)
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...in 1985, the adult group enters the tunnels. Richie calls out to find Eddie and Bill. Eddie responds and says that Bill is up ahead. Bill looks “haggard and almost used-up”... (full context)
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At 4:55 AM, Bill crawls through the pipe and reminds himself of the drop-off at the end, though it... (full context)
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...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 pipes for weeks. Some... (full context)
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...bulgy and membranous, laced with red veins that pulse steadily. The eye stares at them. Bill cannot move, and he senses that It approaches. Beverly feels one of Its tentacles slip... (full context)
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Bill puts his hand out and plunges it into the eye up to his forearm. Eddie... (full context)
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...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 the... (full context)
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Ben says that he is scared. Bill pushes the door tentatively with his fingers. A flood of “sick-yellow green light” comes out... (full context)
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...comes to the place where they had once seen the Eye. Beverly begins to ask Bill how his wife knew to come. Bill says that he mentioned the name of the... (full context)
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In 1985, Bill holds up a match and sees the body of his brother, George, whose face is... (full context)
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George tells Bill that they can look for his paper boat together. George says that it is still... (full context)
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Bill feels something grow in his chest, something as painful as fiery nettles. A “wavering moan”... (full context)
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Bill then has the sensation that Mike is fine. They continue into the tunnel, with Richie... (full context)
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The adult Beverly shrieks and clings to Bill while a nightmarish spider “from beyond time and space” scurries down a web within It's... (full context)
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Bill tells the others to stay back, and curses It for killing his brother, George. It... (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... (full context)
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It asks Bill who he is and why he has come to It. Bill says that he is... (full context)
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It screams with noxious laughter. Its voice is beginning to fade and swell simultaneously. Bill realizes that, however repulsive It might be, in Derry, It is physical and anything physical... (full context)
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Bill begins to laugh in the darkness and hears It scream again. Bill literally flies through... (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... (full context)
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Richie’s gaze moves from Bill to the Spider. Bill’s face stretches in a curious way. Then, blood bursts from his... (full context)
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Richie feels overwhelmed by darkness and calls out to Bill. It is hurting badly now and Richie realizes that he has caught It by surprise.... (full context)
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Eddie 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... (full context)
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Eddie falls to the floor. His ragged stump is spraying blood, but he sees Bill begin to come back to consciousness. Eddie feels his life-blood running out of him. He... (full context)
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...allowing Eddie to lead them through the tunnels. They have been here for an hour. Bill feels a sense of panic. Another thing that troubles him is that he feels the... (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 lap and prompts Richie... (full context)
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Bill and Richie follow Its trail of blood. They encounter the eggs and stomp on them.... (full context)
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...next, then Richie. She feels some pleasure now. Then, Stan goes to her. Ben and Bill are the last. She then holds their hands and they form a line, moving through... (full context)
Chapter 23: Out
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...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 good eye... (full context)
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Bill moves in on It, which tries to tempt Bill by offering him more life or... (full context)
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Back underground, Bill tells Ben that he and Richie killed It. Ben shakes Richie, who is unconscious. In... (full context)
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Richie offers to help Bill carry his wife as they work their way through the tunnel. The water rises. Bill... (full context)
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Richie takes Audra back from Bill, and they pull themselves out of the sewer. A woman in the street points to... (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 Town House to sleep for about sixteen... (full context)
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...still very high. Stanley moves away from the group. His face is blank and thoughtful. Bill watches as Stan picks up a Coke bottle and breaks its neck. Stan picks through... (full context)
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...embankment back up to Kansas Street. They then simply take leave of one another. When Bill thinks about it twenty-seven years later, he realizes that the entire group never did get... (full context)
Derry: The Last Interlude
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On June 4, 1985, Mike writes that Bill entered his hospital room and gave him his notebook, which Carole Danner found on one... (full context)
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Bill says that Richie flew back to California in the morning. Mike asks if Bill will... (full context)
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Mike asks about Ben and Beverly. Bill smiles a little and says that Ben invited her back to Nebraska with him, and... (full context)
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Before leaving Mike’s room, Bill does what Mike considers an odd but rather lovely thing—Bill leans over and kisses his... (full context)
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...both dull panic and a sense of relief, but he chooses to embrace the relief. Bill then calls to say that he and Audra have moved into Mike’s house, but there... (full context)
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Mike calls Bill in the afternoon of the following day. There is still no change in Audra. He... (full context)
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...him while he is working at his desk. Rademacher dies instantly. Meanwhile, Mike talks to Bill again about his wife. Audra is eating solid foods again. Otherwise, there is no change... (full context)
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Bill says he has an idea about how to get Audra back completely. Mike says he... (full context)
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Mike gets news that he can go home on June 11th. He calls Bill. Mike wants to warn Bill that his time is getting shorter all the time—Bill is... (full context)
Epilogue
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Bill stands naked in Mike’s bedroom, looking at his aging adult body. He puts on his... (full context)
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In the dreams that Bill will have in his later years, he sees himself leaving Derry alone at sunset. The... (full context)
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Bill rolls Silver out of Mike’s garage. He oils the chain-and-sprocket and lightly squeezes the horn.... (full context)
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Bill tells Audra to hold on. He still has thoughts of falling in the street, causing... (full context)
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Bill feels himself driving away from memory, but not from desire. All the rest is darkness.... (full context)