Conflict: Gilbert hates time and hopes that it will go away.
Rising Action: Mrs. Curie did not come and deliver the letter that rescues him from geography. She never even came to the door..
Climax: Gilbert's father dies but Gil doesn't sulk for long because he got even more obsessed with time.
Falling Action: Gilbert and his friends wander around and end up at the switch yard. They find a hand car that is all rusted. So they oil the car up and pump the level. They said they would go back the next day and take this car somewhere. So the next day the ride their bikes to the switch yard and oil the car up again and start pumping it. They had towards the sea and Gil finally figures out time