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In Chapter 10 Gene refers several times to the icy crust of snow cracking beneath his...

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jheyn | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 15, 2011 at 12:39 AM via web

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In Chapter 10 Gene refers several times to the icy crust of snow cracking beneath his and Leper's feet. Why?

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jheyn | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 15, 2011 at 12:44 AM (Answer #1)

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It is a symbol of his innocence crumbling away as he walks through it.

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jeff-hauge | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted September 15, 2011 at 3:37 AM (Answer #2)

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He is realizing that his sense of self is untenable. What he thinks he is is in total contrast to what he has done. If he is shaken in his perception of himself, then he cannot trust his own reactions to what is done around him. The "jounce" came from somewhere inside himself.

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