Chapters 18-20 Summary

The next day, Mr. Sir takes the boys to a new part of the lake. They each go back to digging their own holes, five feet wide and five feet deep. Stanley is glad. He likes knowing how much he has to dig every day. It is also less nerve-wracking without the Warden hanging around.

Stanley has to move slowly and gingerly because his head aches from the accident with Zigzag’s shovel. However, the rest of his body is not sore. He is tougher and stronger than he used to be. He is still slower at digging than the other boys, but not by much.

That afternoon, Stanley writes to his mother again. He claims he has been learning to rock climb at camp. He stays in the tent so the other boys cannot tease him, but he keeps...

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