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Chapter seven introduces the character of Emile Janza. Archie comes upon the large, sloppy-looking boy siphoning gas from another student's car for use in his own. Emile, we learn, is thinking about how he likes to play disgusting or painful pranks on other people. There is a suggestion that either Emile is a closeted homosexual, or a sadist who derives sexual pleasure from other people's pain. Archie thinks of Emile as an "animal." It quickly becomes apparent that Archie has some strange hold over Emile, and is blackmailing him for something.