Victor is a great student and an overall good kid. But he is constantly wishing for his parents approval. To them , he is not good enough because they never wanted him in the first place. He is a round and static character who develops an understanding for Bull, even though they are always against one another.
"I've done it. I've really done it. I've re..." (98)
Bull lives with his abusive grandfather and his depressed mother. His father was never around and his family blames him for ever being born. Like Victor, he is a round, static character because he learns that he is not alone in the world. He meets a few people that truly want to be with him, despite him not seeing it.
"'...I'm going to need you to wheel your roommate around for me.'" (172)
Victor and Bull learn that no matter the hard times in their lives, there will always be good people by their side. They felt so alone throughout the book, but when they arrived and stayed at the hospital they were greeted with a group of people who remained supportive of the boys.
"Some wait to be filled with direction...[s]ome wait for no one, they fill themselves up." (153)
K.M Walton uses suspense so that the reader is unaware of what is happening to Victor. The next chapter begins from Bull's perspective of waking up in the hospital. The audience doesn't know what has happened to Victor. They are left to wonder if his grandmother found him, if his parents came back, if he is with Bull, or if he did not make it.
Earlier in the story, Bull had fallen in the shower and needed help to call the nurse. Bull had bullied Victor at school and because of that Victor left him there as a sort of revenge. However, ironically, Victor was then later given the job to bring Bull everywhere in the hospital. Victor didn't want to help him, but now he must help him at all times.
Bull was given a poem by a man named Frank. The poem is short and simple, yet it speaks to Bull. It symbolizes Bull's emotions and thoughts towards himself and the people around him. Bull reads the poem more and more and it makes him think about the kind of life he wants to lead going forward.