Walk Two Moons
By Sharon Creech
'Yes,' Phoebe said. 'Would you like me to leave a message?'
The pink circles on his face became even pinker. 'No!' he said. 'No. I don't think so. No.' He looked up and down the street and then up at the number on the door." (Page 44-45) This is significant because it shows his nervousness and the need to talk to Phoebe's mother in person. It says that he constantly looked up and down the street, wouldn't look Sal and Phoebe in the eye, and had right pink circles on his cheeks, which shows he was awfully nervous. He also didn't want Phoebe to take a message, which shows he wanted to talk to Mrs. Winterbottom in person. This was only their first interaction with the lunatic. Sal and Phoebe thought that the lunatic was following them and Mrs. Winterbottom. "It was Phoebe's lunatic, coming toward us, staring right at us. He stopped directly in front of us, blocking our way...Phoebe pushed him, yanked my arm, and started running...I was grateful that we were near Phoebe's house, so if he stabbed us in broad daylight, maybe one of her neighbors would discover our bodies and take us to the hospital before we bled entirely to death." (Page 118-119) Phoebe and Sal overreacted and thought that the lunatic was going to stab them to death, but really he was just trying to talk to them. He was trying to get in contact with Phoebe's mother. On page 248, The truth comes out about Mike Bickle. He was really Mrs. Winterbottom's son. All this time, he was only trying to talk to his birth mom, not make people think that he is a lunatic.
I took a good long look at Phoebe's mother. She did not seem capable of phoning the police of Mr. Winterbottom...No one called the police, and to my knowledge, Mrs. Winterbottom had not yet told Mr. Winterbottom..."(Page 119-120) Phoebe's mother hadn't told Mr. Winterbottom about the lunatic, and seemed like she didn't want to tell him. She also didn't want to call the police, for she knew his true identity. This is important, because Mrs. Winterbottom is protecting Mike Bickle. A few days later, Phoebe's mom disappeared. They thought that Mike Bickle was behind this and somehow found his college dorm room. They stopped out side the college because they were too nervous to go up to Mike Bickle's room. they went out on the lawn looking at all the college students. "On the far side of the lawn I saw two people, a young man and an older woman. They were holding hands. She turned to him and kissed his cheek. 'Phoebe-" On the bench was Phoebe's mother, and she was kissing the lunatic."(Page 235) Phoebe tells her Dad about this so he thinks they are dating each other. Phoebe is upset too because she thinks Mrs. Winterbottom left Phoebe for Mike Bickle. Little do they know, that she didn't leave them forever, she was just spending time with her son, and she wasn't cheating on Mr. Winterbottom. On page 248, it reveals this truth about Mrs. Winterbottom.