Chapter 15 Summary

Although Brian keeps track of the time that has passed since the crash by making a mark each day on a stone near his shelter door, in reality he measures time in the wilderness by events, keeping a sort of mental journal. One of the pivotal happenings during his lonely sojourn is the “Day of First Meat.”

Fish are plentiful in the lake, and Brian is able to catch as much as he needs, but he craves “heavier...deeper food”; he craves meat. He knows that squirrels are plentiful in the area, and he thinks he might be able to catch a rabbit with his spear or an arrow, but the creatures that intrigue him the most are the silly fowl he has named “foolbirds.” These birds are seemingly everywhere, but their color and...

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