In The Lovely Bones did it ever clarify who removed Susie's monopoly piece from Buckley's room?
The monopoly piece in The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold is significant because it used to be Susie’s favorite piece. In fact it is this piece that Jack uses to try and help Buckley understand that Susie will never come back. Jack gives the piece to Buckley, but it mysteriously disappears from Buckley’s dresser. The author never clearly indicates who took the monopoly piece, but readers are given clues later in the story that should help them draw conclusions. Many years later, Buckley is working in his garden and brings up a box of old clothes to be used for making strips to hold up his tomato plants. Jack objects and Buckley flies into a rage, and as the argument ensues, Buckley accuses Jack of taking the piece at which time Jack refuses to talk and collapses. The reader can assume that if Jack can’t let go of Susie’s clothes after so much time has passed that he could not have let go of the piece that was so important to Susie. The inference could be made that Jack had second thoughts about giving the piece away and took it back.