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Wanting Dick to think of him as “hard,” or “masculine,” he has invented a story about murdering a stranger, which, sure enough, impresses Dick. Nevertheless, Dick uses Perry as a foil for his own self-image, belittling him for his superstitions and sensitive outlook, his “childish” fantasies of adventure, and his friendship with the eccentric Willie-Jay. Next to Perry, Dick considers himself to be “a normal.” Moreover, Dick has been pretending to go along with Perry’s treasure-hunting schemes, not actually believing a word of them or intending to follow through, creating a potentially volatile scenario in which Perry will feel slighted or betrayed when he realizes Dick’s true feelings.