He falls asleep during the movie and has a nightmare about a train running off its tracks and chasing him down a hill while white people stand around him and laugh. The older man next to him wakes him up and tells the protagonist that he was yelling in his sleep. The man offers the protagonist whiskey, which makes him lightheaded since he is drinking it on an empty stomach.
The jackpot is $36.90, which in 2022 is equivalent to almost $560. To win, the protagonist must spin the wheel himself and have it land on double zero. The prospect of winning such a large amount of money increases his anxiety to a fever pitch, and he fears that he will lose and make a fool of himself. He nearly runs from the stage, but the man with the microphone calls him back, making some jokes at his expense for being an out-of-towner. The man hands him the button attached to the cord that controls the wheel.
A key piece of the novel is revealed when Quartermain recounts meeting Neville's traveling companion. During that meeting Jim explained that Neville's belief in the possibility of crossing the desert and mountains is based on his knowledge of a woman who crossed the mountains from the other side. The woman he was referencing is the exiled wife of the murdered king of Kukuanaland named Imotu. The current King of Kukuanaland is Twala who killed his brother years ago to take the throne. Imotu was the rightful king, and his wife and son named Ignosi fled the land. It is revealed that the woman made it across the mountain and desert alive. The information is trivial at the current point in the narrative but becomes of great importance when Umbopa later reveals his true identity as Ignosi.
When Liam arrives in Pineville, New York, he decides the best way to succeed is not to rely on his popularity. His father's term for Liam, Mr. Popularity, seems to be what has been landing Liam in all this trouble. Liam sets out to make himself one of the most unpopular kids in school. As usual, Liam's plan backfires. He winds up making the neighbor that his age, Darleen, think he's a pompous moron, and making all of the popular kids at school think he's a hero. 59ce067264