House of Leaves - Chapter 4 Summary & Analysis

Mark Z. Danielewski
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Chapter 4 Summary

The Navidson family leaves for four days to attend a wedding in Seattle. Upon their return, the house seems and feels different. The narrator describes the feeling as uncanny. There is a passage within the trunk written in German that defines uncanny in relation to the house. When Johnny reads the English version (which he finds in the trunk later) he feels as though he's not the same anymore either.

Johnny works at a Tattoo Parlor answering the phones and running errands for the owner. After reading the passage, he feels as though something is watching him. He goes into great detail about how he exits the parlor for fresh air and truly thinks something is just out of reach. He explains it as a monster with snarled teeth and claws about to pounce on him at any moment. There is no monster...

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