Last Reviewed on June 19, 2019, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 321
There are six characters in this short story.
Andy is a nine-year-old girl from Pennsylvania. She is the focalized character in this third person narrative—hers is the only internal perspective we have access to. She is described by her father as somebody who animals feel drawn to. She sees deer before anybody else on the trip. She is described by another character as being "half a boy." She is afraid of the ocean.
Andy's father takes Andy hunting and encourages her to shoot a deer. He and Andy are close, and he defends Andy when other characters make fun of her for being small or for being a girl.
Charlie's real name is Spreun, but Andy's father calls him Charlie Spoon because he is "in a sense, shaped like a spoon, with a large head and a narrow waist and chest." He is brimming with machismo and prides himself (perhaps unjustly) on his hunting prowess.
Mac is Charlie's eleven-year-old son. He shares a tent with Andy on the hunting trip and makes fun of her: asking her if she's ever seen a "pecker," telling her that she can't hunt, and throwing a cowpat at her.
Andy's mom wakes up early to make breakfast for Andy and her father: French toast, eggs, and coffee. When Andy is in the woods, she thinks about her mom getting up again later in the day to clean the breakfast dishes.
The doe is the deer that Andy shoots. The hunting party first sees her in a field and the men bicker about who will shoot her. Andy takes the shot at her father's insistence; the deer runs away, wounded. The hunting party looks for her for the rest of that day without luck. She comes to Andy in a dream/vision that night, and the next morning the hunting party finds her corpse.
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