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It | Chapter Summaries

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Timeline of Events

  • Prehistoric times

    It arrives on Earth in a fiery ball from the sky.

    Part 4, Chapter 15
  • 1741

    All the settlers of Derry Township mysteriously disappear.

    Derry: The First Interlude
  • September 1905

    Claude Heroux kills four poker players in a bar called the Silver Dollar.

    Derry: The Fourth Interlude
  • April 1906

    The Kitchener Ironworks explodes during an Easter-egg hunt, killing more than 100 people.

    Derry: The First Interlude
  • October 1929

    Derry's men gun down mobster Al Bradley's gang on Main Street at midday.

    Derry: The Third Interlude
  • Fall 1930

    A Saturday night fire at the black soldiers' bar the Black Spot kills dozens of people.

    Derry: The Second Interlude
  • Fall 1957

    As Pennywise, It murders Georgie Denbrough in the street near his home.

    Part 1, Chapter 1
  • June 1958

    Ben Hanscom becomes friends with the other Losers as they build a dam in the Barrens.

    Part 2, Chapter 7
  • July 3, 1958

    Mike Hanlon completes the Losers' Club when he joins the rock fight against Henry Bowers's gang.

    Part 4, Chapter 13
  • July 25, 1958

    The Losers shoot It with a silver slug in the abandoned house on Neibolt Street.

    Part 4, Chapter 18
  • August 10, 1958

    The Losers descend into Derry's sewers to perform the first Ritual of Chüd, and they wound It.

    Part 5, Chapter 22
  • July 21, 1984

    On the last day of Derry's Canal Days festival, locals beat Adrian Mellon, and then It murders him.

    Part 1, Chapter 2
  • May 28, 1985

    Mike Hanlon makes six phone calls telling the Losers' Club it's time to come back to Derry.

    Part 1, Chapter 3
  • May 30, 1985

    The Losers' Club reunites in Derry, and the members recover their memories of 1958.

    Part 3, Chapter 10
  • May 31, 1985

    The Losers' Club descends into the sewers to perform the Ritual of Chüd again.

    Part 5, Chapter 22
  • May 31, 1985

    With Richie's help, Bill kills It by smashing the creature's heart in his hands.

    Part 5, Chapter 23
  • May 31, 1985

    A massive storm destroys most of downtown Derry and several local landmarks.

    Part 5, Chapter 23
  • June 11, 1985

    The Losers have left Derry, and Mike Hanlon is released from the hospital.

    Derry: The Last Interlude

Chapter Summaries Chart

Chapter Summary
Part 1, Chapter 1 After several days of rain that nearly floods Derry, Maine, five-year-old Georgie Denbrough goes outside to play. He bri... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 2 On the last night of Derry's Canal Days Festival in July 1984, three teenagers—John "Webby" Garton, Chris Unwin, and Ste... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 3 On May 28, 1985, Mike Hanlon makes six phone calls from his home in Derry and reminds each of the recipients of a promis... Read More
Derry: The First Interlude Derry's town librarian, Mike Hanlon, begins assembling an unofficial history of Derry. He describes his research via old... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 4 While Ben Hanscom's flight weaves through bad weather, he remembers the last day of school in 1958. As a kid Ben wears a... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 5 Flying from London, Bill remembers his childhood bicycle, Silver, a giant old clunker capable of incredible speed. "It w... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 6 Eddie Corcoran is reported missing on the night of June 20, 1958, after failing to come home on June 19, the last day of... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 7 As Eddie Kaspbrak drives a borrowed limo from Boston to Derry, he remembers Bill saying he has a compass in his head, an... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 8 Richie crosses the Derry town line while remembering his Voice of the Irish Cop, which he develops after Mr. Nell catche... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 9 Beverly chats with a fellow passenger on her flight from Chicago to Maine. After leaving Tom, Beverly makes her way to h... Read More
Derry: The Second Interlude In February 1985, Mike documents two more missing children, for which Chief Rademacher offers thin explanations. The pol... Read More
Part 3, Chapter 10 On May 30, 1985, Mike Hanlon arranges a lunch for the Losers at a Chinese restaurant near the Derry Mall, now located on... Read More
Part 3, Chapter 11 Each member of the Losers' Club goes to a spot in Derry with significance for him or her. All but Bill encounter It in s... Read More
Part 3, Chapter 12 Henry Bowers has been in the Juniper Hill asylum since 1958. He is guilty of killing his father, and after "the horror i... Read More
Derry: The Third Interlude Mike recounts a story from Mr. Keene, the pharmacist, about an incident from October 1929. A mobster named Al Bradley is... Read More
Part 4, Chapter 13 While Bill waits at the library to meet the rest of the Losers after their day out in Derry, he remembers how they met M... Read More
Part 4, Chapter 14 Each of the Losers brings alcohol to the meeting at the library. They piece together more memories about how they defeat... Read More
Part 4, Chapter 15 As the gathering at the library continues, Richie feels the group's connection growing. Then he has a moment when he und... Read More
Part 4, Chapter 16 Eddie remembers how he broke his arm as a kid—something he has been unable to explain to his doctor as an adult. The oth... Read More
Part 4, Chapter 17 In the library, Beverly picks up the story when Eddie confirms she saw what happened to Patrick Hockstetter in late July... Read More
Part 4, Chapter 18 Ben takes his turn to share his memories of 1958 in the library. He shows the others the H scar on his belly and another... Read More
Derry: The Fourth Interlude Writing in April 1985 Mike speculates the library Board of Directors would happily relieve him of his post were he to pu... Read More
Part 5, Chapter 19 By 1:15 a.m. on May 31, 1985, each of the Losers in the library has finished relating his or her memories. Mike decides ... Read More
Part 5, Chapter 20 Tom has a nightmare in which he is Henry Bowers, killing his father and following Beverly and the Losers into the sewers... Read More
Part 5, Chapter 21 In the creature's lair under Derry, It reflects on its life on Earth and how the meat is rich with fear. The creature ha... Read More
Part 5, Chapter 22 On August 10, 1958, Bill stands firm and approaches the giant spider. Ben glimpses the "insane" light behind the spide... Read More
Part 5, Chapter 23 Bill and Richie catch up to It as It turns to fight them. As Bill approaches, It offers to restore Audra's mind. It offe... Read More
Derry: The Last Interlude Bill comes to visit Mike in the hospital. Audra remains catatonic, and Mike suggests they use his house while he continu... Read More
Epilogue: Bill Denbrough Beats the Devil (II) Bill considers his adult body and doubts he can go through with his plan. Still he wheels Silver out of Mike's garage an... Read More
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