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Is Mr. Harvey ever caught by the police in Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones?  

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emnicole98 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 18, 2012 at 1:18 AM via web

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Is Mr. Harvey ever caught by the police in Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones?

 

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pirateteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted September 18, 2012 at 2:05 AM (Answer #1)

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Unfortunately, the police never apprehends Susie’s attacker, Mr. Harvey, but that doesn't mean he lives a long happy life.  Susie, observing her family from heaven, watches as her grows old living down the street.  She watches as one day he tries to kidnap a young girl from a bus stop. However, before he can, an icicle falls from stabbing him in knocking him into a ravine where he dies. His death does not draw much attention, as he is not really an important character to the story.  Susie, now with her grandfather, watches her mother return to the family as they slowly move on with their lives.

 

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