Chapter 12 Summary

Brian makes a spear with a two-pronged, needle-sharp point out of a willow branch, but he cannot seem to capture any fish with it. He stands in the shallows at the edge of the lake and watches the fish swarm around his legs, but he is not fast enough to catch one. Brian concludes that he needs something to propel the spear forward, some kind of “motive force”; a bow and arrow might serve his purposes nicely.

After eating an egg and banking the fire, Brian takes his hatchet and his spear and sets off to find a piece of wood that would make a good bow. Along the way, he picks a few berries and eats them, then he is surprised to find that his stomach is full. Brian sees that his stomach is “caved in...it must have...

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