Chapter 4 Summary
Asta’s son eventually falls asleep in the forest. He wakes in the morning when he hears the church bell ringing. He gets up and thinks about what happened last night. There is no doubt that John Aycliffe looked truly ferocious during that attack. However, Asta’s son has often known cruel treatment from this man—and there is nothing to be done about it. All he can think to do is to return to his ordinary life and hope that Aycliffe will forget the incident.
Unfortunately, this plan proves unworkable. Asta’s son makes his way to the tiny one-room hut where he has always lived. On his way, he sees two village officials, the bailiff and the reeve, walking toward the cottage with axes and weapons called pikes....
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