Can someone please describe the cabin in The Sign of the Beaver?  

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Elizabeth George Speare's novel, The Sign of the Beaver, is about a young boy named Matt Hallowell who moves to Maine with his father to settle down. The Hallowell's family is split up because Matt's mother, sister, and a new baby are left behind in Massachusetts. Matt's father...

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Elizabeth George Speare's novel, The Sign of the Beaver, is about a young boy named Matt Hallowell who moves to Maine with his father to settle down. The Hallowell's family is split up because Matt's mother, sister, and a new baby are left behind in Massachusetts. Matt's father leaves Matt in Maine to retrieve the rest of the family and Matt has many experiences meeting the Native Americans who are already established in this area.

When Matt and his father first arrive in Maine, they build their family's cabin. This cabin is in the middle of a very dense forest near a stream and cornfields. The cabin is mostly built out of spruce trees and has a roof made of cedar and pine boughs. Like a typical log cabin, the logs have notches that fit together. Matt and his father initially build a one room cabin that has no windows because they are pressed for time. Matt's father must hurry to go back to get the rest of the family. Later on, Matt and his father plan to add windows as well as a loft for the children to sleep in. The cabin has a small chimney, also made of logs, which will eventually be replaced by a real chimney. Matt and his father only have three pieces of furniture, a table and two chairs. They have several books including Robinson Crusoe. The Hallowell's do not have much in their cabin because it is still with Matt's mom in Massachusetts. This is a very basic cabin.

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The log cabin is situated in the dense forest. The cabin itself is "a fair house;" it is made of carefully hewn logs of spruce, whose notched ends are fit together "as snugly as though they had grown that way." The roof is constructed from cedar splints fastened down with long poles; the whole covering is protected by a layer of pine boughs. Behind the cabin are a small cornfield, and pumpkin vines growing between stumps of trees.

The cabin has only one room at the beginning of the story; a loft would be added later for the children to sleep in. Inside the cabin are shelves along one wall, and the only piece of furniture is "a sturdy puncheon table with two stools." There are no windows in the cabin as yet. Later, Matt's father had promised he would cut one out and "fasten oiled paper to let in the light;" eventually, the paper itself would be replaced with real glass. Against one wall of the cabin there is a chimney made of logs, "daubed and lined with clay from the creek." The chimney, which is not as safe as a stone chimney, is only temporary. As with the loft and the window, a better one will be made later, but for now, as long as Matt is careful to watch out for flying sparks, the log chimney serves its purpose (Chapter 1).

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