Running with Scissors - Chapter 6: Just Add Water Summary & Analysis

Augusten Burroughs
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Chapter 6: Just Add Water Summary and Analysis

Homosexuality appears for the first time in this section. The theme foreshadows many of the events that shape Augusten's adolescent years. He worries about how to "come out" at 13 years old. He first confesses to Hope Finch, who proclaims it no big deal. She tells Augusten of Neil Bookman, a former patient of Dr. Finch's whom he adopted as a son. Neil, also, is gay. Hope promises to arrange a meeting for Augusten with Neil.

A week later, Hope keeps her word and arranges the meeting. When Neil finally mentions his sexuality, Augusten feels relieved. Augusten confesses that he has felt gay his whole life. In Neil, Augusten finds a friend and confidant. The meeting leaves him feeling euphoric.

Back at the Finch house, Hope explains Bible-dipping to Augusten. To guide her in a decision...

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