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Secret Keepers (Chapter 9)
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When Reuben is reflecting, what is his assessment of the "last several days of his life"?
They had been the "best of his life" and "there were more to come, he thought"
What does Reuben wonder about P.William Light?
How long he owned the watch , who was its next owner, what became of them, which owners knew the secret, and if knowing the secret would require a special kind of person
What does Reuben notice about his mother when she comes home from work?
She's not her usual happy self
What is causing Reuben's mother to feel despondent?
She's losing her job
How much lower can go after Lower Downs?
After comes the bottom, which is awful
What does Reuben propose as a joke that his mother and he banter about?
They could rob a bank
Whats in the way of a miracle enters Reuben's head?
He realizes that with the watch, he might be able himself to work with a miracle
Does Reuben seriously entertain the idea of robbing a bank/becoming a criminal?
What does Reuben see and hear happening between Officer Warren and the Directions?
He learns that Warren is concerned about a shop keeper named Mr Carver who is doing so poorly that he's living on beans and water. Officer W asks the Directions to skip taking Mr Carver's payment this week. The Directions say No and that if they make 1 exception, they'd have to make more
Do the Directions threaten Warren?
Yup. They're "interested in his private life"
After witnessing the Directions threaten Officer W, what does Reuben wonder about next?
He wonders what happens to all the envelopes of money the Directions collect
What does Reuben imagine the Direction's reactions would be if they somehow lost the envelopes and couldn't deliver the money to the Smoke?
"would quake in their boots."
What idea does Reuben embrace for getting some money for himself?
He decides he should collect the reward for the watch
People commonly use the term "double cross" to describe an event where a person agrees to make a plan to benefit a crook but denies the crook the benefit of the agreement and makes off with the bounty instead. Whom does Reuben briefly consider double crossing?
What does Reuben conclude, using an illusion to a fairy tale, is problematic about turning in the watch for the reward?
"Accepting money for the watch would be like accepting a golden egg in exchange for a goose that laid such eggs everyday."
Why does Reuben decide to call the number in the paper of the person offering the reward?
He wants more info, specifically, the person's identity.
When Reuben calls the number, what is the first thing the other person asks Reuben?
"DO YOU STILL HAVE THE WATCH?"
What does the question make Reuben realize ?
Answers may vary. Reuben probably now realizes that the person seeking the watch knows something about him. That he is a boy. That he was in the jewelry shops with the watch. That someone might be able to describe him to the person seeking the watch. He's afraid. He gusses that "here might be people who would stop at nothing to get the watch."
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