Chapter 20 Summary
Karana gathers two more canoes full of abalones and dries them for winter on her fence. The children used to be responsible for keeping the gulls away as the abalones dry, for in one morning, they can carry away a month’s harvest. At first, she leaves Rontu behind to chase off the gulls; however, he shows his unhappiness by howling the entire time she is gone. Finally she ties strings to the abalone shells and hangs them from poles. They are shiny as they catch the sun in the wind, and they keep the gulls away.
She also catches the small fish she uses for light in the winter and dries them on the shelves of her house. With all the fish and the abalone and the flashing shells, it appears that an entire village lives on...
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