James and the Giant Peach


Roald Dahl

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James and the Giant Peach: Chapter 35 Summary & Analysis

The peach falls faster and faster. The narrator is certain that the peach will “smash into a million pieces” when it hits the ground. Everyone who isn’t yet hiding underground looks up and watches the peach—which they think is a bomb—fall. Several women scream, while men say goodbye to each other. The city waits for the end.
According to the narrator, everyone—including those on the peach—believes they’re going to die, which is another reference to the tense wartime climate in which Dahl was writing. But given that the novel makes it clear that people shouldn’t jump to conclusions, it seems unlikely that anyone is actually going to die here.
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