Chapter 14 Summary

Small mistakes made in the city can usually be rectified, but the same mistakes made in the wilderness can quickly lead to disaster. Brian learns an important lesson early in his forced sojourn—in the forest, “food is...everything”—but the way in which he learns it almost kills him.

One night, Brian is awakened by a sound or perhaps a smell. Near the fire, completely undeterred by the smoke or by Brian himself, a skunk is digging for the buried turtle eggs. Brian at first almost smiles at the sight of the industrious little creature, but then he remembers that the eggs are his food and grabs a handful of sand and throws it at the skunk, hoping to scare it away. The skunk immediately retaliates by spraying Brian...

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