In The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare, does Attean ever learn how to read?

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Although Attean does learn some English words from Matt, he never becomes fully fluent in reading English.

In Chapter 22, Attean invites Matt to go with his people when they leave for new hunting grounds in the north. However, Matt declines. Despite his resolve to wait for his family, Matt...

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Although Attean does learn some English words from Matt, he never becomes fully fluent in reading English.

In Chapter 22, Attean invites Matt to go with his people when they leave for new hunting grounds in the north. However, Matt declines. Despite his resolve to wait for his family, Matt knows that he will miss his Indian brother. For his part, Matt tries to encourage Attean to stay, by promising him that his (Matt's) mother will teach him how to read and write. This conversation is proof that Attean hasn't yet mastered the ability to read fluently, despite Matt's efforts to teach him.

Although Saknis had initially tasked Matt with teaching Attean how to read, Attean never really showed enthusiasm for the venture. In Chapter 22, he tells Matt why. Attean's reasoning is that both his father and grandfather were mighty hunters who never learned how to read, and since he and his tribe are also venturing to where there will be no white men, he doesn't see the necessity of learning how to read. After all, signing a treaty with white men would not be necessary if they lived far away from them.

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