Chapter 6 Summary

Brigitte comes into the kitchen trailer carrying big bags full of Government Surplus food. She complains about the heat as she unloads them. Lucky looks over the supplies, which include canned meat and fruit, butter, and something orange she does not recognize. She asks if it is cheese, and Brigitte does not know. Brigitte cuts open the package, smells the soft orange contents, and tries to feed some to HMS Beagle. When HMS Beagle refuses to eat it, she says, “No wonder it is free, that cheese.”

The Government Surplus food comes to Hard Pan on the last Saturday of every month. People only get to take a share if they make very little money, but pretty much everyone in Hard Pan is poor. Most of the town’s 43...

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