Chapter 4 Summary

Bob had trouble getting to sleep last night, thinking about all things the adults in his world did yesterday that he did not really understand. Shane seemed closer than family in some ways, though at times he is absolutely unapproachable. Bob’s parents somehow seem more alive. Bob understands that, as he feels the same way; however, he wonders how a man “so deep and vital in his own being” is also a lone rider with a “closed and guarded past.”

Bob wakes late, suddenly afraid he might have missed Shane’s leaving. The adults are drinking coffee at the table and Bob blurts out his fear. Shane looks at the boy seriously and says he would never forget him. Shane compliments Marian on her cooking, and Starrett...

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