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Pages 124-142




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      The State of the Team
•   Only three games behind the Pirates
•   Pop is in a good mood
•   The fans are excited
•   The newspapers called the Knights
    “the wonder team of the age.”




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                Roy’s Slump
•       “That made him uneasy but he tried
        not to think of it, concerning himself
        with Memo…” (125)
•       “He didn’t feel himself (wondered if
        he could possibly be sick). He felt
        blunt and dull—all thumbs muscles,
        and joints, Charley horse all over.”
        (126)
    –    Memo’s influence?

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                   Roy’s Slump
•       “Most of all he missed the gloating
        that blew up his lungs when he
        crossed the plate and they ran up
        another tally opposite his name in
        the record book.” (126)
    –    Selfish




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             Roy’s Slump
•    “Roy visited the manager in his office
     after the next (fruitless) game.” (128)
    – Fruitless
      • no life




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             Roy’s Slump
•    “The Knights had dropped back to
     third place, only a game higher than
     the Cardinals, and Pop’s athlete’s
     foot on his hands was acting up.”
     (128)
    – Fisher King
       • The health of the country is
         connected to the health of the
         king
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               Roy’s Slump
•       Wonderboy
    –    Pop thinks Roy should abandon
         Wonderboy
    –    Roy refuses to do it




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            The Fortune Teller
•       “She told Roy he would soon meet
        and fall in love with a darkhaired
        lady.” (130)
    –    Not Memo




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                  The Fans
•       “A few of the fans were ashamed that
        Otto was picking on somebody
        obviously down, but the majority
        approved his sentiments.” (132)
    –    The fans quickly turn on Roy




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       The Return of Bump
•   “Bracing himself to fight without strength
    he snapped on the light. A white shadow
    flew into the bathroom. Rushing in, he
    kicked the door open. An ancient hoary
    face stared at him. ‘Bump!’ He groaned
    and shuddered. An age passed…His own
    face gazed back at him from the bathroom
    mirror, his past, his youth, the fleeting
    years…I am finished, he muttered.” (134)

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      The Return of Bump
•   Roy sees Bump’s face when he looks
    in the mirror
•   Is Roy becoming the new Bump?




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            Mike Barney
•   Told his son (recently hit by a car)
    Roy would hit a homerun for him




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      Black Haired Woman
•   Wears a red dress
•   Earlier in the novel, Roy wonders
    what Memo (who has red hair and is
    wearing a black dress) would look
    like in black hair and a red dress




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          Black Haired Woman
•       Stands up for Roy when he is
        batting
    –    Shows confidence in Roy
•       Roy hits a home run
    –    “everybody knew it was Roy alone who
         had saved the boy’s life.” (142)




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