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by Alice Sebold

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In The Lovely Bones, is Susie naked when Mr. Harvey kills her?

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On page 8 of my version of this book, which is the ebook, Mr Harvey instructs Susie to take her clothes off. This, he says, is so that he can check if she is still a virgin.

Rather than obeying him, however, the author tells us that Susie started to fight her attacker. Mr Harvey retaliates by stuffing her hat into her mouth to stifle her pleas for freedom.

Susie did not end up entirely naked, despite Mr. Harvey ripping the pants into which her mother had sewn a zip. While it is not made clear whether he removed her underwear, we are told that Susie was raped before her murder. The book makes no reference to Susie's upper garments being removed.

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In the book The Lovely Bones Susie Salmon was lured into the supposed clubhouse that Mr. Harvey had built.  It is winter ad she has on a coat and a hat to keep her warm.  When she goes down into the hole with Mr. Harvey he convinces her to stay and sit awhile and drink a coke.

Susie still has her parka on when Mr. Harvey removes the hat from the pocket and stuff's it into her mouth.  He then places his hands up her shirt.  He ripped her pants open and talked about her big white panties.  However, the book makes no mention of Susie being naked.

This information can be located on page 15 in the copy of the book that I have.