Chapter 9 Summary

In late March, Myra Butler lies in bed and remembers a day in July, eleven years ago. Her husband was helping with the harvest and took young Johnny along. As the harvesters worked, Indians hid in the woods. When the workers were in the middle of the field, far from their weapons, the Indians killed one man and wounded a woman. Everyone ran and the Indians took Johnny, who had been playing under a shade tree. That was when Myra became an invalid.

Now the much loved Parson Elder is here to visit, and he allows Myra to unburden herself about her eldest son. She is thankful the boy did not escape with Gordie, but True Son is ungrateful, eating only when he is hungry and shaming her family in front of relatives and...

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