The Pigman

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In the book the Pigman by Paul Zindel, two high school sophomores, John Conlan and Lorraine Jenson, tell the story of a friend who died. One day after school John and Lorraine, along with their friends Norton and Dennis, prank call a man named Angelo Pignati, pretending to be charity workers for a charity named the “L. and J. Fund”. During the prank call, Mr. Pignati kindly agrees to donate money to the fake charity. The following day, John and Lorraine go to Mr. Pignati’s house to collect the money. Mr. Pignati welcomes them with open arms, telling John and Lorraine to make themselves comfortable. Once done talking to John and Lorraine, Mr. Pignati invites them to come along with him to the zoo the next day. Then, as John and Lorraine…show more content…
Pignati. They bring stolen flowers for Mr. Pignati, and tell him they have locked up his house for him until he gets home. Mr. Pignati proceeds to tell John and Lorraine to keep the keys and make themselves feel at home at his house. That night, Lorraine and John had dinner at Mr. Pignati’s, dressed up in old clothes of Mr. Pignati and his wife, Conchetta. In the moment, John and Lorraine kiss. Later in the week, John and Lorraine decide to clean the house because they know Mr. Pignati was coming home soon. Due to his lack of proficiency in cleaning and his infantile behavior though, John decides to throw a party, inviting only their most “intimate friends”. At first Lorraine did not agree to the idea, but she then agrees and helps prepare by making hors d'oeuvres to serve at the party. Unexpectedly, the party begins to get out of hand, and the small guest list swells to a larger number as the party continues. Not only did a great number of uninvited people arrive, but Norton also showed up. Aware of Norton’s attentions John keeps a close eye on him. Even with the close monitoring of John, Norton manages to slip away, and attempts to steal an oscilloscope, but John catches him. Angry that Norton was stealing Mr. Pignati’s possessions, John and Norton get into a fight, but Norton escapes into the pig collection room. Still trying to find valuable to steal, Norton smashes the pig collection in search of money. In the midst of it all, Mr. Pignati returns home early to find a wreckage that he called home and his cherished pig collection smashed. Police come to break up the party, and end up taking John and Lorraine home. When the police car is about to pull away from the house, Lorraine asks if Mr. Pignati is okay. One policeman replys that Mr. Pignati was last seen crying
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