Chapter 9 Summary

This is a difficult time for Karana, and she remembers spending all her time thinking about how to survive on her own. She only leaves the village to replenish her food supplies. But she will never forget the day she vowed to leave the village forever. It is a foggy day. The mist creeps in and out of the huts, reminding her of all those who are dead or gone. The noise of the surf becomes the sound of their voices. For a long time she watches and listens; when the sun comes out the fog vanishes and she makes a fire against the back wall of her home. When that hut is gone, she burns another until all of them are destroyed. Nothing but ashes mark the village Ghalas-at.

She leaves with nothing but a basket of food and walks...

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