Chapter 10 Summary
As soon as Papa has recovered a little from his injuries, he wants to talk to Mama about money. The Logans will have to sell livestock to keep up on their mortgage payments until they sell their cotton crop in September. Mama says the family can rely on garden produce instead of buying flour, baking powder, salt, pepper, and coffee. She suggests asking Hammer for money, but Papa does not want to tell his brother about the attacks. Papa is afraid that Hammer will attack the Wallaces and cause more trouble.
The Logan kids ride along with Mr. Morrison on an errand. On the way home, Mr. Morrison spots a beat-up pickup truck and orders Cassie to get in the back of the wagon. Kaleb Wallace parks the truck across the road, blocking Mr. Morrison’s path, and threatens revenge on Mr. Morrison for hurting the other Wallace brothers. Mr. Morrison climbs down from the wagon, checks to make sure Kaleb does not have a gun, and lifts the truck out of the way.
When Mama hears about this incident, she is frightened. She wants Mr. Morrison to go away to protect himself, but Mr. Morrison says he loves the Logan family like his own. He is willing to take any risk to stay with them.
During the summer, the Logan kids sometimes spend time with Jeremy in the forest. As always, the Logan kids have trouble finding a comfortable topic of conversation with Jeremy. Jeremy wants to know how Papa is healing, but the Logans feel awkward talking about Papa because they cannot discuss how he was injured. Jeremy asks about T.J., but the Logan kids have heard that T.J. and Jeremy’s brothers are stealing, so they do not feel right talking about that either. Even the beauty of the land is a difficult subject. When Jeremy wants to show the Logan kids the view from his tree house, Stacey bluntly refuses to go onto the Simms’s property.
One afternoon Mr. Morrison comes home from Strawberry, where he went to drop off the Logans’ monthly mortgage payment, and gives Papa the news that the bank has called in the loan. They say the Logans’ credit is no longer any good. The Logans know Harlan Granger is behind this, trying to get their land, but they also know that they would not get a fair trial if they took the matter to court. Papa...
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