Why does Turtle figure that Doug, Theo, Otis, and Sandy owe her $24.00?It's from The Westing Game.
Turtle hid the folded newspaper in her desk drawer, counted her black and blue marks in the mirror (seven), dressed, and set out to find the four people who knew she had been in the Westing house last night: Doug Hoo, Theo Theodorakis, Otis Amber, and Sandy. They owed her twenty-four dollars (21).
Turtle had spent twelve minutes in the Westing house the night she found the corpse of old Sam Westing. She had done it on a bet. Dough, Theo, Otis, Sandy, and Turtle had been looking at the smoke coming from the chimney of the Westing house when Otis told the story of some kids, in the past, going into the house on a bet. They had been scared out of their wits, and Sandy had said, "'Poor kid,... All that pain and suffering for a dollar bet.'" Turtle had replied "Make it two dollars for each minute I stay in there, and you're on." (8) So, on the day after the body was discovered, and after Turtle read the newspaper account, she planned on getting her winnings for her bet from the four people who had known that she had gone into the house.
Source: Raskin, Ellen. The Westing Game. New York: Avon Books, 1978.