Imagination squeezed whatever nightmare the boys concoct in the old house with the hermit-like woman into sixteen inch boxes. Lee supposes a few of the terrible monsters can be disassembled and assembled again in their new home. But, if Mrs. Dohrman was truly evil, she will have left demons in the house on purpose. The boys want to see those monsters the witch traps her house, or their remains.
The Witch's House is next to the paved parking lot of St. Daniel's Catholic Church. The three-hundred and sixty degree widow's watch on top of the old house overlooks consecrated ground. A couple years ago, Lee and Devon argue whether a witch can really live next to holy ground. They agree there is no better place if the old woman sought to desecrate the church. Mrs. Dohrman then became an evil witch.
That summer, Lee and Devon had played a game where the goal was to sprint across Mrs. Dohrman's lawn without being seen by the witch. If a shade opens, or Mrs. Dohrman stands in the window, the daredevil runner must dash to the divine safety of St. Daniel's parking lot.
The most frightening day Lee remembers was when Mrs. Dohrman came outside and cursed at the boys in Swiss. He probably lies about the encounter. As Devon is aware, the sighting would make his friend the only person who had actually seen the witch in the flesh.
Devon claims his most terrifying moment at the Witch's House was when he saw red, glowing and disembodied eyes, squinting at him through an upstairs window. Lee went back and looked for the eyes, but he saw nothing. Still, Devon might have really seen them, the house was truly evil and haunted.
“I bet whatever she's hidden inside is in the widow's watch,” Devon says to Lee as the boys enter the backyard of the “Witch's House.” They slow their pace, ready to dart into the church parking lot, as they study the uncovered yet dark windows.
“I bet it's a Christmas tree,” suggests Devon. His comment was not unexpected.