How long does Bando stay with Sam in Chapter 12 in My Side of the Mountain?

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Chapter 12 is called “In Which I Find a Real Live Man.” Sam meets a man in the woods. Because he had also just heard a siren, he thinks the man may be an escaped criminal. As they begin talking, the man calls Sam “Thoreau.” Sam calls him “Bando” in return, a play on the word “bandit.” Bando turns out to be an English professor who had gotten lost. Sam feeds him and shows him his home in the hemlock tree. Bando makes clay pots and blueberry jam and shows Sam how to make willow whistles. They also build a raft together. Sam writes “We became very good friends in the week or ten days that he stayed with me, and he helped me a lot.” Bando promises to come back and see Sam at Christmas. This happens in Chapter 18, called “In Which I Learn about Birds and People.”

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