Bridge to Terabithia Questions and Answers
by Katherine Paterson

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How did Jess feel about crossing the creek?

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Without a more specific chapter reference, there could be two possible answers to this question. The first answer is that Jess loved crossing the creek. The first time that readers see Jess and Leslie crossing the creek via the old rope is in chapter 4. They take turns crossing the creek, and the text says that swinging across the creek felt like floating.

It was a glorious autumn day, and if you looked up as you swung, it gave you the feeling of floating.

Once the two characters decide to create Terabithia, Jess loves it even more. It is their special place, created by them and ruled by them. It's the one place that he feels he can truly relax and be himself. Later in the story, heavy rains make the creek a very dangerous place to be near, and the danger of it makes Jess nervous. He still crosses it in chapter 8, but for the first time we are told that it is scary. The rains keep coming, and the creek waters keep rising. As the waters rise, Jess's fears do as well; however, Leslie never seems to show any fear. Unfortunately, that lack of respect for the danger of the creek is what ultimately gets her killed.

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