Chapter 9 Summary

Billy continues to chop away at the tree, taking only momentary breaks to rest his hands and gather his breath. As night approaches, he is weary and fatigued. He is determined to chop down the big sycamore and capture the raccoon; nonetheless, he has spent one night in the woods and is not eager to do it again. Just as he feels that his physical and mental energy has been completely drained, his grandfather arrives.

Billy is relieved to see his grandfather and confesses that he is ready to surrender. He tells him that the big tree will take days to chop down and that he is simply too exhausted to continue. His grandfather first rejects the notion of giving up, telling him that he must never begin anything he cannot...

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