October Sky

by Homer Hickam

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Which suit did Homer end up with in "October Sky" and why?

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Homer goes to Welch to pick out a suit to wear to the national science fair in Indianapolis. He meets his friend, O'Dell, who helps him pick out a bright orange suit. When he goes out to find Emily Sue in the crowd, she is appalled at the color of the suit. She marches him back to the suit and they pick out another one, a more sedate color - a dark blue suit. Emily Sue says that this suit is more appropriate and that the orange one was "carnival like." Homer is upset, because he liked the orange suit, but his mother and Emily Sue both agree that the blue suit is much better. However, when Emily Sue was not looking, Homer picked out a wild tie to wear with the suit and this makes up for his disappointment that he could not buy "the O'Dell suit."

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