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It - Part Four, July of 1958: Chapter 16, Eddie's Big Break Summary & Analysis

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Part Four, July of 1958: Chapter 16, Eddie's Big Break Summary

Eddie's arm has begun to ache, and the feeling brings back a memory that he cannot believe he forgot. The day began when Mr. Keene, the pharmacist, called Eddie back to his office. Eddie is supposed to be picking up his and his mother's medications, something he does every Saturday. However, Mr. Keene has never called him back to his office so Eddie wonders if maybe he is in trouble. Mr. Keene is nice enough, however, offering Eddie an ice cream soda. Mr. Keene begins to tell Eddie how sometimes a person who believes he is sick is really only imagining his illnesses. Mr. Keene tells Eddie that he does not really have asthma, that it is just an infliction his mother has forced on him. Mr. Keene says that Eddie's asthma medicine is only water and camphor.

Eddie does not want to believe Mr. Keene, but is smart enough to realize Mr. Keene has made some solid points. Eddie is still thinking about this when he comes out of the grocery store where he stopped to spend his allowance. Henry and his friends are outside. Henry immediately becomes aggressive toward Eddie, promising to make him pay for the rock fight. The owner of the store comes out and tells the boys to leave Eddie alone, but Henry pushes the adult and tells him to leave. However, the distraction allows Eddie to get away. Eddie runs through town, nearly outrunning the boys. Unfortunately, Eddie trips over the tricycle of a little boy playing on the sidewalk. Henry grabs him and pulls his arm behind his back, breaking it.

The store owner called the police and, moments later, the boys can hear the sirens. Henry and his friends run away, leaving Eddie in pain on the lawn. Eddie is laughing, however, because the pain is the first real pain he has ever felt and yet he is still alive. Eddie is taken to the hospital where his mother causes trouble insisting that her son is too delicate for the treatment the nurse wants to give. Eddie drifts in and out of consciousness, unable to fight his mother. However, when Eddie wakes later, he tells his mother that he knows she sent his friends away. He also knows the truth about his asthma medicine. Eddie tells his mother he will pretend he does not know the truth about the asthma if his mother will allow him to continue seeing his friends. Eddie's mother agrees. When Bill and the others come later, they tell Eddie that they have decided to make the silver slugs at Bill's later in the week. Eddie agrees to be there.

Part Four, July of 1958: Chapter 16, Eddie's Big Break Analysis

Eddie remembers the day his arm was broken. It began with the pharmacist telling him that his asthma medicine is just water. Eddie is shocked by this, because his mother has told him almost all his life that he is a sickly child. The reader gets to see Eddie's mother later in the hospital, a hysterical woman who believes her son is too fragile to even survive the repair of his arm without her making sure everything is done properly. Eddie sees this in his mother for the first time, and for the only time in his life, Eddie stands up to her. Eddie tells his mother that he will continue to pretend he does not know about his asthma medicine if she will stay out of his relationship with Bill and the others. Eddie's mother, who has sent Bill and the others away, agrees with her son, anxious to keep her control over her only son. Eddie's mother lost her husband when Eddie was only a small child, and it is important to her to remain in control of his life.

Henry is angry at all the members of the Losers Club. When Henry sees Eddie alone, he decides to take out his anger on him. Henry's choice to do this shows his lack of morality as Eddie is the smallest and weakest of the losers. This also shows Henry's growing anger when it comes to the Losers Club. The reader is beginning to be concerned for the rest of the Losers, wondering if maybe the larger danger might be Henry rather than It. However, the Losers are not terribly concerned about Henry. Instead, the Losers are concentrating on making silver slugs with which they hope to kill It.

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