Part 1, April 22 Summary
Eben Ramsey writes to thank Ashton for the lovely gift she sent Eli, his grandson. The boy sits and studies the blocks of wood, as if he can see something hidden inside them which he can release with his knife.
Not all of the children were evacuated during the war, but those that stayed behind suffered because there was not enough food for them. One boy was twelve but weighed no more than a seven-year-old. The choice was a terrible one for the parents: send their children away to live with strangers or keep them here in potential danger. The Germans might not come, but if they did, how would they treat the natives; however, England might be no safer if the Germans invaded there.
The Islanders were in shock...
(The entire section is 671 words.)