Chapter 24 briefly goes back to describe the preceding evening's party from Homer's point of view, and it also portrays Homer's near-madness that resulted from the party's aftermath. Returning to Homer's house the next day, Tod finds Homer in a trance and learns that Faye and her friends have vanished. Homer's plan to return to Iowa suggests that the plot of the novel is winding down, although West has fresh violence in store. When Tod gets Homer to communicate what has happened and how he feels, he sees that Homer's emotions are more tangled than ever. Homer's hands are playing their usual agitated tricks, and now that Homer must face the truth about Faye, the restiveness of his hands implies a potential for destruction as much as a struggle with his repressed sexuality. Homer's semi-coherent story to Tod picks up last night's events. Homer is still angry that Tod called
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