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After the death of Eugie, Arnold acts like a stone for several reasons. The first of these is that he does not want to draw attention to himself in any way. Perhaps he feels that by melting into the background his parents will forget about him; thereby also forgetting what he did. Also, there is not much emotion shown in this family prior to Eugie's death, thus, Arnold has no real experience showing emotion. Finally, each person deals with death in their own way. Arnold is personifing the "hard scrabble" way of life associated with life in the country.
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