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That Was Then, This Is Now

by S. E. Hinton
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What are the major events or memorable events that happened in the book That Was Then, This Is Now?

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In S. E. Hinton's novel, many memorable events take place; this answer will focus on the events that impact Bryon's changing attitudes towards his life and his previous self.

When Bryon meets Cathy, his emotional life begins to change in a significant way, making the start of their dating...

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In S. E. Hinton's novel, many memorable events take place; this answer will focus on the events that impact Bryon's changing attitudes towards his life and his previous self.

When Bryon meets Cathy, his emotional life begins to change in a significant way, making the start of their dating relationship a memorable event in the novel. Cathy's maturity, integrity, and kindness all have a positive influence on Bryon in a general way, but her influence also leads Bryon to separate himself from Mark.

While dating Cathy, Bryon matures and develops a conscience, which renders him unable to stand by and watch Mark knowingly damage lives with his drug dealing. This event is critical to both the plot and to the character development of both Mark and Bryon, and it leads to another significant event that displays Bryon's complete disengagement from Mark.

When Bryon betrays Mark, a third memorable incident in the novel, Bryon's adult self—who is honest, responsible, and caring—emerges. Though Mark is like a brother to Bryon, Mark's actions have become unacceptable; by rejecting Mark, Bryon is rejecting his previous self, choosing instead to be a good person.

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There are a few memorable events in That Was Then, This Is Now. Most of them have to do with the increasing conflict between Mark and Byron.

First, Mark and Byron are close friends. They actually work together to save M&M from being injured by a gang member at the beginning of the book. They're also trying to make enough money to keep the household afloat while Byron's mother is in and out of the hospital. Mark's parents are dead and he lives with Byron.

They visit a boy named Mike in the hospital and, after hearing his story, Mark says that if anyone ever hurt him like that, he'd hate them forever. This foreshadows the end of the novel.

Charlie, the owner of the local bar, is killed when he tries to defend the two boys from an attack by men who they hustled at pool. M&M disappears.

Mark begins making money from an unknown job while Byron works at a grocery store. M&M is found hallucinating and on drugs; they're told he might not make a full recovery.

Soon Byron discovers that Mark is selling drugs. He calls the police and Mark is sent away to a reformatory. When he visits Mark, Mark tells Byron that he won't ever forgive him for what he did.

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Here is a list of major events from the book.

  1. Mark and Bryon are hanging out in Charlie's bar. They get information that M&M is looking for them. They leave the bar and rescue M&M from Curly.
  2. Bryon and Mark visit Bryon's mom in the hospital.
  3. Bryon meets Cathy.
  4. Bryon and Mark visit Mike Chambers.
  5. Mike explains what happened to him.
  6. Bryon and Mark try to get jobs.
  7. Bryon takes Cathy to a school dance.
  8. A fight happens at the dance, and Mark is injured badly enough to need stitches.
  9. Charlie is killed by the Texans. Charlie was trying to protect Mark and Bryon from the Texans.
  10. Bryon and Mark get Angela Shepard drunk and cut her hair. This is their payback for what she caused to happen at the dance. Her brothers then beat up Bryon in retaliation.
  11. Bryon learns that Mark is selling drugs.
  12. Bryon turns Mark in, and Mark goes to jail.
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Byron and Mark's mother is in the hospital, and they must raise money to pay for her care. Mark sells drugs to pay for her share, and Byron does not ask him where he is getting all that money. Mark gets into trouble with the law and is sent to reform school.
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