The Last Picture Show - Chapter 20 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 20 Summary

A week after Bobby Sheen gets married, Thalia is rocked with scandal when Joe Bob Blanton is arrested for rape. Lois Farrow blames his father, but she is the only one who takes that view. Joe Bob is seventeen and a virgin, and his father whipped him the one time he found him masturbating and told him that masturbating drives people insane. However, Joe Bob finds he can't stop, even in the face of certain insanity. He believes that there may still be hope when he gets the call to preach the summer of his junior year, but he finds he doesn't like preaching. He still can't stop masturbating. In San Francisco, he sees a picture of a naked woman that he can't stop thinking about, and he starts masturbating even more, knowing he is doomed to insanity. In the wake of Mr. Cecil's dismissal, the church...

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