Chapter 8 Summary

Mother is full of questions when she sees her son, and he tells her all about the night he spent at the teacher’s cabin. The teacher wants the boy to come back and go to school; he can live with the teacher in exchange for doing the man’s chores. Mother is silent for some time and then says it is a sign and gives the boy her blessing. When he arrives at the kind man’s cabin, all he has with him is his book.

The boy comes home to work during the summers so he can pay his family’s cabin rent with labor, but during the winters he rarely comes home. Each times he returns, Sounder greets the boy; the dog wags his tail but never barks. Now both mother and son sing while they work, and the boy reads to his siblings...

(The entire section is 508 words.)