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I Am the Cheese

Robert Cormier


TAPE OZK002–004

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In a conversation between Brint and Adam, Brint brings up the name Paul Delmonte, a name that Adam does not recognize. Brint also brings up Amy, but Adam declines to speak about her, and he refuses the medication Brint offers. Brint apologizes and reminds Adam that their talks are purely voluntary, and that Brint would act only as a guide to help him remember.


Adam narrates as he pedals along the road, he sings the children's song "The Farmer in the Dell." He remembers the way his father used to sing the song to him, and how he would put Adam into his mother's lap in a cheerful family ritual. Adam recalls that this used to happen before Adam's mother became sad. Since their last name was Farmer, his father told Adam the song was written just for them. A steep hill forces Adam to walk his bike, but he zooms down the other side and heads for Rutterburg.


In a conversation between Brint and Adam, Brint asks Adam several questions, but gets no response. In a third-person account, the narrator reveals that Adam feels like he is outside himself and looking in on the scene, although he does not want to look at himself. Adam is excited by the power that allows him to visit other places, as if it makes him forget something, but he is unsure what that something is. Brint and Adam resume their conversatin and Brint says they will postpone their meeting.


Adam narrates in the first-person that a ferocious dog waits for him at the bottom of the hill. Adam is terrified and tries to speed past the German shepherd. The dog blocks the middle of the road, and steps away just as Adam careens past him. The dog then runs along side the bike, trying to stop its progress, and he shakes Adam's confidence. An oncoming car nearly hits Adam, and the dog chases after the car instead. Adam passes through the small town of Fairfield, but still fears the dog. The open air revives him and he continues on to Rutterburg.


In another dialogue between Adam and Brint, Adam asks whether Brint is a doctor—a psychiatrist—and if Adam is in a hospital or a "private sanitorium" (a place of medically supervised recuperation). Brint asks Adam if it bothers him to be in such a place, and Adam responds that he does not know, about this and other things. Brint asks him about the "clues" again.

A third-person narrator reveals that Adam is wary, but decides to give Brint some, but not all, of the clues, in a clever way. Back in the dialogue, Adam mentions that the dog may be a clue, and says he thought of this clue when he saw a dog out on the grass this morning. Brint asks if he means Silver, a German shepherd, and whether Silver is a clue. Adam responds that a different dog is the clue.

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