Chapter 6 Summary

One rainy afternoon when Bod is twelve, Silas explains why he lives so differently than most of the living. When Bod learns that his parents’ murderer still wants to kill him, he is not scared. He points out that his friends and family are dead, too. Silas agrees but says:

And they are, for the most part, done with the world. You are not. You’re alive, Bod....If you change the world, the world will change. Potential. Once you’re dead, it’s gone.

Bod asks if the man who killed his family is really still alive. Silas says yes but does not explain how he knows. Bod thinks this over and announces that he wants to go to school. He knows all about the dead, about...

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