Chapter 8 Summary

Shane has changed. His summer serenity is gone and he is now “restless with some far hidden desperation.” Sometimes he walks on the farm alone, seeming to find some peace in what he sees and touches there. Bob often follows him, and one night he asks Shane to teach him to fight like he fought Chris in the bar. For a long time the man does not answer, but he finally tells the boy it is something a man just knows and cannot be learned.

Suddenly Shane feels as if he has to justify what he did, asking Bob if he understands that Shane had no choice, that he gave Chris a chance to keep his self-respect without fighting. It is more than Bob can understand now, and he remains silent. Shane repeats that Chris could have...

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