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In chapter 25, Widge suspects that Nick is in the property room. He is proven right when he opens the door. As for Nick, his hands are on the Hamlet playbook. Widge suspects that Nick is stealing the playbook for Falconer (whom we later discover is none other than the...

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In chapter 25, Widge suspects that Nick is in the property room. He is proven right when he opens the door. As for Nick, his hands are on the Hamlet playbook. Widge suspects that Nick is stealing the playbook for Falconer (whom we later discover is none other than the villainous Bass). Bass is the man who hired Widge to use his skills to steal Shakespeare's Hamlet play.

Widge confronts Nick and tells the latter to leave the playbook and go. Nick refuses and thrusts his rapier at Widge. Meanwhile, Widge tries to parry the blow with his stage sword. The two fight furiously, until Nick thrusts his sword into Widge's abdomen. Then, stunned by the flow of blood, Nick grabs the playbook and flees.

Meanwhile, Sander enters the room and is immediately shocked by what he sees. As for Widge, he asks Sander if he is going to die. After scrutinizing him, Sander unexpectedly laughs. He tells Widge that it was his blood bag that Nick burst. Widge is relieved and asks Sander to help him locate Nick before the latter gets the playbook to Falconer.

On the way out, the two boys run into Mr. Armin. They tell him what happened. As Sander is due on stage, Mr. Armin goes with Widge to locate Nick. They find him in a boat on the Thames River. Both Mr. Armin and Widge hop into another boat, and Mr. Armin offers to pay the boatman extra for catching up with Nick.

The chase begins. Nick, upon seeing that Mr. Armin and Widge are gaining on him, orders his boatman to row past the bridge. The waters near the bridge are especially turbulent. Nick's boat strikes the side of the bridge's stone arches but manages to stay afloat amidst the swirling waters. Widge and Mr. Armin are not so fortunate. Their boat strikes the stone arches, and their boatman is not able to prevent the boat from capsizing.

Widge finds himself pulled under by the angry waters, and the chapter ends with him thinking that he is going to die after all.

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Chapter 25 begins as Nick spies Widge just as he is going to break into the chest and steal the copy f the play. Nick, expecting Widge to help him, tells him to join him inside the room quietly. However, Widge defies him and threatens to call for help. Nick challenges Widge, and Widge manages to get hold of a stage-sword and fights Nick, knocking the copy of the play from his hands. Nick, in anger, fights back until he thrusts the sword above the belt of Widge. Horrified, Widge watches as blood wells out from the wound. Nick grabs the book and flees.

Sander comes in and sees Widge, and finds out that it is just the blood bag that Nick struck and that Widge is fine. Widge tells Mr. Armin about Nick and his robbery, and the two of them run after him, getting into another boat and following him as he goes up the Thames. The boatman unfortunately causes the boat to capsize as they shoot the bridge, and as the waters descend around Widge, he things he is going to die.

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