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...
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.