Bodie Carlyle (SPOILERS)
Registered to ask this:
In this section of the novel, Shot and Echo are recalling how they traveled to Middleton to see if Irene had been murdered, and at this point they had just been awakened by the barking dog packs while parked outside Rant's house. Buddy appears and Irene brings him in the house. How does this pertain to the story? Section in question:
Echo Lawrence: The dogs barking woke me up. Still parked, watching Rant's old house. Still night. The front porch light blinked on, and the screen door creaked. The outline of someone leaned out, and a woman's voice shouted, "Fetch!"
The howling, barking, and snarling shrank, smaller, the sound blurred.
Shot Dunyun: The woman on the porch, in the glare of the yellow lightbulb, yelled, "Fetch! Come on, boy!"
From next to the trunk of a locust tree, a shape broke away. A figure stepped out, and a man's voice said, "Mrs. Casey?"
Echo Lawrence: And Irene said, "Bodie? Bodie Carlyle?"
By then, the figure had one foot on the bottom porch step. The screen door squeaked, and Irene said, "Get in here. You're going to catch your death..."
Bodie Carlyle (* Childhood Friend): You see, life only turns out good or bad for only a little bit. And then it turns out some other way.
Shot Dunyun: The man stepped inside. The porch light went out.
Neddy Nelson: And isn't this the point when that bogus Sheriff Carlyle arrested us?
What does Bodie mean by saying that? And does Bacon Carlyle arresting the trio have anything to do with it?
The best explanation I can come up with is that at this point, Rant and Chester are both out of Irene's life for good (in this cycle of the circle, anyway), and now she is beginning to have an affair with Bodie? Bodie might be out to get revenge on Rant, as he has been under the impression that Rant screwed his (Bodie's) mom since their high school years. He was never aware of Rant's supersenses and just assumed that Rant had had sex with everyone he could identify by smell.
But I'm sure someone else has a better explanation, so fire away.
Is it weird that this is the only part of the story I'm hung up on? Everything else was pretty clear to me.