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Stephen King

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Bill considers his adult body and doubts he can go through with his plan. Still he wheels Silver out of Mike's garage and into the driveway. He carries Audra out of the house and seats her on the carrier behind the bike's seat. He gets on, puts her arms around his waist, and tells her to hold on tight. She doesn't respond. Bill begins pedaling onto Main Street, finding his speed as he passes the remains of the Paul Bunyan statue. Shouting, "Hi ho, Silver! Away!" he flies downhill toward the wrecked town center.

Bill dodges the barriers downtown with a hard left turn. Audra says his name and asks what they're doing. Bill continues racing up and down the streets. Audra shouts, "Bill, you're going to kill us both!" But she doesn't want him to stop. She says she doesn't remember anything after she got off the plane in Bangor. Bill assures her he's all right now, and his stutter is gone for good.

As he sleeps next to Audra later, Bill sometimes dreams of an empty Derry as it was before the storm and his love for the children he and his friends used to be. When he wakes he thinks of writing about his past, on mornings "when he almost remembers his childhood and the friends with whom he shared it."

Analysis

In many ways Bill Denbrough's childhood ended the day his brother Georgie was killed. After the murder Bill is still a kid, still capable of playing make-believe with his friends and doing all the things children are supposed to do. Yet Bill is also tasked with an enormous responsibility after Georgie's death. As more murders pile up in the following months, Bill knows Georgie's death wasn't accidental, and as Georgie's brother he feels compelled to find the murderer and avenge Georgie's loss. Hence he becomes the leader of the Losers' Club because he has a personal connection to what It is doing. He has already experienced a loss directly. He is literally a loser.

In his childhood Bill can leave his responsibilities and memories behind only when he rides Silver. The bike's speed allows him to block out everything else and experience the pure joy of childhood he otherwise lost when Georgie died. Allowing him to outride his problems is Silver's special brand of magic. When Bill takes Audra for a ride on Silver, he hopes to recreate that experience in his adulthood, to beat his problems—beat the devil—one last time. Bill and the others defeat It by reconnecting with their childhood selves, and Silver allows Audra to beat her catatonic state by doing the same thing. Perhaps Bill and the others forget their childhoods again because they no longer need to remember. They have learned what they needed to learn from being kids again for a few days in 1985.

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