Chapter 8 Summary
The first day of hunting season finally arrives and Billy is ecstatic. He spends the seemingly endless daylight hours preparing for the night’s hunt. His father understands his excitement and tells him that, during hunting season, he is excused from his daily chores. Billy graciously thanks him, noting that his nightly hunts will likely leave him exhausted during daylight hours. His father tells him that his mother is still apprehensive about allowing him to hunt alone at night. Therefore, he tells Billy that it is important to tell them where he will be each night. Billy agrees. When his father leaves, Billy proudly reflects that his father speaks to him as if he were a grown man rather than a young boy.
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