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It - Part Four, July of 1958: Chapter 15, The Smoke-Hole Summary & Analysis

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Part Four, July of 1958: Chapter 15, The Smoke-Hole Summary

Richie tells everyone what he believes caused his eyes to hurt earlier in the day. Richie begins telling them the story of the smoke-hole, another memory that has come back to him. They were in the completed clubhouse talking about the silver bullets. They have decided that instead of making a bullet, they could make slugs that Beverly, because she is the best shot, can shoot from Bill's slingshot. Then, Ben begins to tell them about a ceremony he read about. The Indians would burn green wood in order to bring on visions. Ben suggests that they try this in the clubhouse.

Bill listens to the story Ben tells and thinks that perhaps it is something they are meant to do, something ordained by some power bigger than their free will. Bill agrees. They gather the wood and prepare the clubhouse. Bill wants Beverly to stay outside in case someone is overcome by the smoke, but Beverly feels that he is treating her differently as she is a girl and refuses. Instead, they draw matches, the one who picks the match with a burnt head has to stay outside. However, after everyone has picked a match, the burnt one is nowhere to be found. Bill again believes a higher power is at work, and they are all meant to participate.

Everyone settles down into the clubhouse, and the fire is lit. The smoke is overpowering from the beginning, but they all remain inside for a period of time. Stan is the first to leave, then Ben, Eddie, Bill and Beverly. Richie and Mike are the last two left inside. Richie begins to have the sensation that the clubhouse has grown extremely large, like a ballroom. Richie reaches for Mike's hand, afraid he will lose him if he does not find him now. Suddenly, Richie finds himself in a place not unlike the Barrens but the river is larger and the vegetation more dense. Richie realizes that it is the Barrens, only a long time ago, almost like the beginning of time.

Richie and Mike walk through the Barrens for a few minutes, aware of the wildlife around them. All of a sudden, darkness comes out of the sky, like a spaceship but not exactly. Richie knows instinctively that it is It. The darkness crashes, and Richie is overwhelmed with a sense of evil. Richie begins to scream, and he can hear Mike screaming. Then, Richie becomes aware that he has been pulled out of the clubhouse. Richie and Mike tell the others what they saw. The others become even more frightened, worried now that there is no way to stop such a creature.

Part Four, July of 1958: Chapter 15, The Smoke-Hole Analysis

Richie remembers the smoke-hole and Ben's idea to copy an Indian tradition to induce visions. Bill feels that they are destined to participate in this activity, believing that something bigger than them is controlling their fate. This idea angers Bill who would rather have some freedom of choice, but he goes along with the situation just the same. Bill tries to keep Beverly out of the clubhouse, but again that higher power interferes and forces everyone to participate. Bill's actions show his feelings for Beverly and also reveal Beverly's strength of character, something that will come in handy later in the novel when this group of children is forced to confront the most frightening situation of their lives.

Richie and Mike end up being the final two left in the smoke-filled clubhouse. Richie sees It come to earth, landing not too far from where the clubhouse is located in the Barrens. It seems to the children that It has arrived almost at the beginning of time, suggesting that It has been in Derry since before it was Derry. The children are frightened by this prospect, because it seems that something that has been around so long will be impossible to stop. The reader sees this doubt and begins to wonder the same thing.

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