Chapter 31 Summary

Chapter 31 leaves human trials and looks at the natural world, which humans are, of course, a part of but rarely do they see their own troubles as bearing any resemblance to those of other, "lower" mammals.

This chapter is about a gopher. Fully grown and very able-bodied, the creature has moved into a weedy area of the vacant lot, the same lot where Mr. and Mrs. Malloy live in the windowless, abandoned boiler.

The mallow grass growing in the lot is green and thick. The ends of the grasses hold "little cheeses," which are delicious to gophers. The earth is ideal as well: rich and dark and composed of just enough clay to make it perfect for building sturdy tunnels that will not fall apart.

The...

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