Chapters 7, 8, and 9 Summary
At the beginning of Chapter 7, it begins to rain and rain. Tomie's' father calls the storm a "nor'easter" (42). Tomie rides with his mother to take Buddy, Carol Crane and some other children to school that morning. Then Tomie and his mother drive over to Fairmount Avenue to check on the new house. When they arrive, they see that the new, smooth backyard has become a muddy mess. After visiting the new house, Tomie's father tells the family that only a little muddy water went into the cellar. His father also says that the City will have to "redo the whole street" because the rain has made a mess of it (44). This time, Floss dePaola does not cry and his father does not say any bad words.
Once again, Tomie realizes that it will be even longer before he...