"I'm sittin' down, sittin' down, takin' a seat in Old Sparky's lap." He was great comic relief and also gives the reader a chance to see how Paul responds to the behavior and sets an example for Brutal and the others.There is so much pain and heartache and injustice in this book, albeit delivered with the tenderness of a Hallmark card, but it was nice to have moments of humor. I like Toot-Toot and his snack wagon. He cracked me up. "Walking the mile...walking the green mile."