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The Pigman Chapter 10 Summary

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

We find out in chapter 10 of ''The Pigman'' by Paul Zindel, what happens when Lorraine, John, and Mr. Pignati finally confess the secrets they have been keeping from one another.

A Second Home

Have you ever lied to someone in a way that seemed harmless at the time, but later got in the way of your relationship? Lorraine, John, and Mr. Pignati have all kept secrets from each other that need to be revealed. At this point in the story, two high school students, Lorraine and John, have befriended a lonely, elderly man, Mr. Pignati. They call him the Pigman because of his extensive pig figurine collection. At first, it started as a prank, but soon, Lorraine and John really begin to care for Mr. Pignati. He is much more fun and welcoming than their parents are. In chapter 10 of The Pigman by Paul Zindel, the trio become closer as they finally admit the lies they have told to each other.

Lorraine's Mother

What would Lorraine's mom say if she knew about Mr. Pignati? Every day Lorraine and John visit the Pigman after school to talk and have a glass of wine. When her mother questions her, Lorraine claims to be at an after-school club. Lorraine's mother is always worried about Lorraine getting in cars with boys. She seems to hate men, but really, it's just Lorraine's father that she hates. They were high school sweethearts, but when Lorraine's mother was pregnant, she discovered he was having a relationship with another woman. 'She never talks about him now--just how awful men are in general. She's what the psychologists call fixated on the subject.'

Lorraine's mom questions Lorraine again on how she got money to buy nylons for her. Lorraine claims that she went without lunch and walked home instead of taking the bus to save the money, but her mother questions her repeatedly on things to make sure she doesn't change her story. She also scolds her about walking instead of taking the bus. 'It looks like you're trying to get picked up.' You can see why Lorraine needs an escape from her home.

The Confessions

Lorraine is grateful for the break at Mr. Pignati's house. John and Lorraine start bringing their own snacks because they don't want to always be mooching off of Mr. Pignati. On day in January, Mr. Pignati seems sad when he gets home from the zoo. Bobo, the orangutan, who is Mr. Pignati's best friend, barely ate that day. 'Bobo's getting old….' Mr. Pignati concludes sadly.

John and Lorraine decide that it is time to come clean about the way they lied to Mr. Pignati when they first met. During the prank call, they claimed to work for a charity. They finally admitted they are high school students. 'We just had to be honest with you because we like you more than anyone we know,' says Lorraine.

Mr. Pignati also came clean. He had told John and Lorraine that his wife was in California visiting his sister, but in reality, she is dead. 'We loved each other. We didn't need anyone else. She did everything for me. We were each other's life,' explained Mr. Pignati.

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