Describe the setting of chapter three in George Washington's Socks, using evidence from the text.

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The third chapter of George Washington’s Socks by Elvira Woodruff takes place at night in Tony’s backyard. The text itself makes reference to Tony’s house and yard, mentioning a swingset and a car in the driveway. The time of day is easily deduced by the children themselves discussing a possible ...

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The third chapter of George Washington’s Socks by Elvira Woodruff takes place at night in Tony’s backyard. The text itself makes reference to Tony’s house and yard, mentioning a swingset and a car in the driveway. The time of day is easily deduced by the children themselves discussing a possible night hike as well as by the references to the lights being put out in the windows of Tony’s house. (“Tony watched the lights go out in his house”; “Tony motioned to his darkened house.”)

The children are backyard camping and are gathered around a campfire, which has burned low. We know this by the reference at the end of the chapter, when the children kick “some dirt over the glowing coals.” There’s a tent to one side, mentioned when the children were still planning on leaving Katie behind in the yard.

Woods border the yard on at least one side (“Adam looked past the yard and into the woods”). Extending farther out, we know that there is a familiar path through the woods that leads to a lake—a lake that the children’s parents have forbidden them to camp by but not (in a brilliant stroke of childhood logic) hike to. We can reasonably guess that the lake isn’t all that far from the house, as none of the club members object to the length of the walk—though Katie does note, ominously, how dark the woods are as the children begin their hike and the chapter ends.

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