The Pigman Chapter 3 Summary

Instructor: Kerry Gray

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

In this lesson, we will examine chapter 3 in The Pigman by Paul Zindel to learn how high school students, John and Lorraine's antics lead them to the Pigman.

Introducing the Characters

At this point in the story, we know that Lorraine and John are sophomores in high school who are creating this book as a tribute to the Pigman who has died. We don't yet know who the Pigman is or what has happened to him. John is a good-looking trouble-maker who drinks and smokes, but rarely is held accountable for his actions. Lorraine is a sensitive, empathic writer. Her mother is constantly insulting her appearance. Lorraine and John became friends when John sits by her on the school bus and makes her laugh. In chapter three, John narrates as he reminisces about how he and Lorraine first meet the Pigman in The Pigman by Paul Zindel.

John and Lorraine

In chapter three, John verifies what Lorraine has said about him, '…I really am very handsome and do have fabulous eyes.' However, the only person John sees this affecting is their English teacher, Miss King, who seems to have developed a crush on him. John explains that someday, he's going to be an actor and because of this talent, he has the ability to remember actions. Lorraine, on the other hand, wants to be a writer. Therefore, she remembers words. John dismisses the terrible things Lorraine's mother has said about her, '…if you ask me, all she needs is a little confidence. She's got very interesting green eyes that scan like nervous radar--that is they used to until the Pigman died.'

Telephone Marathons

Before the age of caller ID and reverse phone number look-up, there were phone books and prank phone calls. After school, Lorraine and John meet with Dennis Kobin and Norton Kelly, to make prank phone calls. Eventually, they developed a game out of the calls. Telephone marathons are calls in which the caller would try to keep the other person on the phone for as long as possible. Each Wednesday, the group met at Dennis's house since his parents weren't home. Each Saturday, they met at Norton's house because his dad plays golf, and his mother is clueless. They don't go to Lorraine's house because they do not have unlimited phone service. John's father, Bore, put a lock on the phone to keep John from using it. In response, John put glue in the lock to keep anyone else from using it.

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