Why is the name "Emit Levart" significant?

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Elvira Woodruff creates suspense around the name Levart in chapter 4 when the children are walking down to the lake at night. Tony tells his friends about the legend of Levart Lake, which involves people vanishing in a rowboat under a three-quarter moon. Matt interrupts him to say that the...

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Elvira Woodruff creates suspense around the name Levart in chapter 4 when the children are walking down to the lake at night. Tony tells his friends about the legend of Levart Lake, which involves people vanishing in a rowboat under a three-quarter moon. Matt interrupts him to say that the name of the lake is Levy, but Tony insists that the original name of the lake is Levart, because this is the story that his grandfather has told him. The confusion about the names deepens the unease the reader feels at this point and is brought to a climax when they get to the lakeshore and see an old rowboat floating on the lake.

Through an unfortunate series of events involving Matt’s sister, Katie, the children board the boat and eventually find themselves in the time of the American Revolutionary War. It is at that point that they notice the words Emit Levart inscribed inside the boat. Tony remembers that this was the name his grandfather had talked about, and that somehow this name was tied together with the legend of the lake.

Only when they are ready to return from their adventure do they realize the truth. Q notices the name Emit Levart reflected in a puddle at the bottom of the boat, and Matt reads it aloud. Emit Levart spelled backwards is Time Travel, revealing the secret of the old rowboat.

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