Something Wicked This Way Comes | Study Guide

Ray Bradbury

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Something Wicked This Way Comes | Part 1, Chapters 13–14 : Arrivals | Summary



Part 1, Chapter 13

Charles Halloway stands at the open window of the library, the cold air blowing in. He sees Jim Nightshade and Will Halloway run along the street, but he doesn't call out. He had heard the train and the calliope. In the meadow, the carnival waits for visitors: tents, carousel, Mirror Maze. Halloway can see moonlight reflecting off the mirrors in the distance. He both likes and dislikes the carnival. He both intends to go there and intends to stay away. As Halloway walks home, he passes the store window where the block of ice had been. All that is there now are two sawhorses and a puddle of water, with a few strands of long hair inside a few remaining shards of ice.

Part 1, Chapter 14

Charles Halloway returns home, sits on his bed by his sleeping wife, and considers why the train arrived at 3 a.m. That hour, he concludes, is the hour when men are awake and despairing, while the women, who have a sort of immortality because they can have children, sleep peacefully.


The motif of temperature emerges in the first line of Chapter 13: "The air was cold blowing in through the wide-open library window." It also can be seen in descriptions of the Mirror Maze, which is like a "great arctic floe" with a "cold gaze." The connection between the cold temperatures and the Mirror Maze reinforces the association between coldness and death. In a small parallel moment, Chapter 14 begins by describing Will as "cold but warming."

Chapter 13 also hints at the nature of the Mirror Maze and carousel, and how these will relate to the themes of time's passage and growing up and growing old. The narrator speculates whether Mirror Maze is a place where a person might "see himself unfolded away a billion times to eternity" and where one's face would be reflected "old, older, oldest." The carousel is full of animals that are frozen in time: "hung in mid-gallop." When the carousel moves, this image suggests, time moves.

Chapter 14 gives readers a window into Mr. Halloway's thoughts as he contemplates time and eternity. He uses the clock symbol, representing time, to say that women are metaphorical clocks because they can anchor eternity in their own lifetimes. They do this by their ability to give birth: "They make the flesh that holds fast and binds eternity"; they "shape the universal moments, as they pass, into warmth and action." Here again the novel uses temperature: warmth is associated with life.

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