In The Sign Of The Beaver, how did Matt feel about the loss of the rifle? 

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When a stranger requests to spend the night at the cabin alone with Matt, he is justifiably uneasy. The thought crosses his mind to stay awake to protect the cabin and the family heirloom gun that his father left with him. However, Matt ends up falling asleep.

In the morning he feels horrified to find that his father's gun has disappeared along with the stranger. Matt's horror, coupled with guilt that the gun his father cherished has disappeared under his care, consume him. Not only is the gun irreplaceable and belonged to his ancestor, it was one of Matt's main tools for procuring food and staying safe. Without it, Matt feels vulnerable to the dangerous animals or humans that might appear and to the need to find food to sustain him.

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