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What four signs showed Phillip in chapter 16 that the cay was recovering after the storm?

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Because Phillip cannot see, he learns about how the island is recovering after the hurricane in indirect ways. First, the day after the storm, Phillip feels the warm sun on his face and hears the cry of a bird. The return of the birds is a strong sign that the hurricane has passed.

He discovers a dozen fishing poles that Timothy hid up in a tree to keep them safe. These will help him get food for himself. He must also "get a campfire going, pile new wood for a signal fire, make another rain catchment for the water keg..." Phillip stays focused on all of the repairs for many days after the storm, not only for practical purposes, but to keep his mind off of his grief and fear.

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