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It - Part Two, June of 1958: Chapter 5, Bill Denbrough Beats the Devil (I) Summary & Analysis

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Part Two, June of 1958: Chapter 5, Bill Denbrough Beats the Devil (I) Summary

Bill Denbrough is on the Concord as he begins to recall the summer of 1958. Bill thinks about Silver, his bicycle, and how it saved Eddie's life the day they met Ben Hanscom. Bill asks Ben to stay with Eddie while he rides into town to get a refill on Eddie's asthma medication. Bill's bike is much bigger than he is, and difficult to control, until it begins to gain speed. The author speculates that Bill wanted the bike so badly because, in a way, he was courting death that summer as a reaction to his brother's death and his parents' coldness toward him. When Bill arrives at the pharmacy after a harrowing ride through town, he has to write his request town. In times of stress, he tends to stutter worse than at others. The pharmacy refills the medication without pause and sends Bill on his way.

After Eddie takes his medication and is breathing better, Ben introduces himself and explains why Henry was following him, apologizing for bringing Henry to where Eddie and Bill were playing. Bill does not allow Ben to apologize, because he and Eddie had been victims of Henry's before and feel that Henry's behavior is no one's fault but Henry's. Ben asks what they had been doing before Henry came and learns they were building a dam. Ben tells them how to build a better dam. Eddie and Bill invite Ben to come back the next day and help. Ben is excited as he has never had friends before.

That night, something bad happens to Bill. Bill goes into Georgie's room, something he does frequently as he feels close to him there, and decides to look through Georgie's photo album. On the last page of the album, there is a photograph of Georgie, the last school photo taken of him. As Bill is looking at this picture, it begins to move. The Georgie in the photo winks at Bill. Bill throws the book in surprise, and blood begins to flow from between its closed pages. Bill is so frightened that he runs from the room.

Part Two, June of 1958: Chapter 5, Bill Denbrough Beats the Devil (I) Analysis

Silver is introduced in this chapter as Bill's overly large bike and his attempt to court death. Silver gives the reader insight into Bill's state of mind. Bill's brother died the previous fall. A part of Bill feels responsible for this, because he sent him outside to play with his boat. The parents might also feel this way, at least Bill believes they do, because they have become cold toward their only son as they become more deeply sucked in by their own grief. Bill rides Silver in a dangerous fashion as a part of him wishes he had been the one to die. This mentality of Bill's gives the reader not only insight into his state of mind, but motivation for some of the actions he takes later in the novel. Silver is also important, because it saves Eddie's life on this occasion by helping Bill get Eddie's medication quickly. Silver will also save someone else's life later as the plot continues to develop, giving the reader something to anticipate as the novel continues.

Bill and Eddie thank Ben for his help and invite him to join them the next day to help build a dam. The reader already knows that Ben grows up to be an architect, so it is no surprise that Ben knows how to build a dam. However, this invitation is not only about a dam to Ben, but it is the first offer of friendship he has ever had. Ben is excited by this. The invitation also begins a circle of friendship that will continue to grow until all seven have come together.

Bill goes into his brother's bedroom that night and takes a look at his picture album. Bill misses his brother and again the reader gets a good look at Bill's grief and his feeling of guilt associated with his brother's death. However, this touching scene goes wrong when one of the pictures in George's album winks at Bill, and then the album begins to bleed. Bill is horrified and runs from the room. Again, the theme of magic has entered the narration and leaves the reader wondering what is causing this strange phenomenon and what it might mean to the rest of the novel, especially to Bill's safety.

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