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It - Part Five, The Ritual of Chud: Chapter 20, The Circle Closes Summary & Analysis

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Part Five, The Ritual of Chud: Chapter 20, The Circle Closes Summary

Tom Rogan has a nightmare in which he is Henry's body that first time in the tunnels. Tom wakes to find balloons in the bathroom that urge him to leave his room. Audra is also having a nightmare about the same tunnels. Audra wakes, and strange things begin to happen in her hotel room. The bathroom light and television come on. The TV shows a clown holding her director's head in his hand. Audra dresses in a hurry, determined to go to Bill's hotel and make him take her home. However, when Audra reaches her car, Tom Rogan kidnaps her.

In Eddie's room, the survivors of the Losers Club discuss what to do next. Beverly wants to call the police, but Bill says they will not believe that Eddie killed Henry in self-defense. The town is It, and It is the town. The sheriff will do all he can to stop them. Instead, they decide to call Mike and arrange to go into the Barrens tonight. When they call the library, the phone is answered by the sheriff. The Losers learn that Mike has been stabbed. Richie calls the hospital and learns that Mike might not make it through the night. Bill decides they must go into the tunnels now. They drive to the bridge where Bill used to park Silver. Ben leads them to the same pumping station where they entered the tunnels that summer. Next to the already open pumping station, Bill finds Audra's purse and nearly loses his focus. The other's rally around him, however, and help him focus on what is most important now.

Part Five, The Ritual of Chud: Chapter 20, The Circle Closes Analysis

Tom Rogan has taken on the part of Henry Bowers while Audra is frightened out of her hotel room. Tom kidnaps Audra, suggesting that It wants Audra in order to take some of Bill's power away. The trick seems to work when Bill finds Audra's purse next to the pumping station. However, the others manage to get Bill under control and to help him concentrate on the job ahead.

Bill thinks that the Losers have no choice now that Henry is dead than to return to the tunnels. They attempted to defeat It once before, and now they must finish the job. They cannot turn to the town for help, because It seems to have power over the entire town. The police will stop the Losers from returning to the tunnels and ending this nightmare. They decide to go immediately. The reader nervously anticipates what will happen when these people, now adults without the same beliefs as children, face a child's nightmare.

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