Rumble Fish - Study Guide Chapter 11 Summary & Analysis

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They go home, where Motorcycle Boy sits on the mattress with a book and Rusty-James sits waiting, filled with a terrible tension but not knowing what it is he's waiting for. He remembers the last rumble, when Bill Braden died and Rusty-James was sliced by a knife. Motorcycle Boy had sent at least three guys to the hospital, but in the middle of the screaming, fighting people, he had laughed aloud.

When their father comes in, Rusty-James asks him if their mother was crazy. Surprised, the old man says no. Their marriage was an example of the preacher trying to convert an atheist by marrying her. She married him for fun, and when it stopped being fun, she left. He is smiling, but looking through Rusty-James like Motorcycle Boy does. It is the first time Rusty-James sees a resemblance between them, and the first time he thinks...

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