Chapter 13 Summary

Bob asks his father what he will tell Fletcher tonight. As soon as he asks it, Bob realizes how significant the answer to that question will be for all of them. The boy is growing up, for he knows what his father will tell Fletcher and he knows his father will have to be the one to tell Fletcher in person. This knowing causes the beautiful day to turn chill and dark.

None of the adults says anything, but Bob senses they are “somehow closer in the stillness there on the porch” than they have ever been. They are all aware that Fletcher has caught Starrett in a maneuver that he cannot avoid because he will not avoid it.

Starrett finally sits and smokes a pipe, Shane settles into a chair and looks off into...

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