Saturday, June 21, 2008
In this chapter, Sam steals the Brown Bess from his father's tavern so he can use it in the war as he fights with the Patriots. The Rebel soldiers have gone to the tavern and demanded that Mr. Meeker give them the Brown Bess. When he says he doesn't have it, they beat him up. Tim is very very angry at Sam in this chapter. Do you think Tim was mad enough to shoot Sam with the rifle if Sam didn't overpower him when Tim grabbed the rifle?
Sunday, April 15, 2007
The authors devote half a page to describing nature in this chapter, page 45. They paint a picture of autumn, then early winter, by describing the geese flying overhead, the colors of the fall leaves, and the thin coats of ice on the puddles. It made me stop and picture nature, but I also wondered why the authors chose to put this into the book. The main point is whether or not Sam will return and whether the war is affecting the people of Redding. I wondered why the authors wanted the reader to picture nature as I read the description.
Tim listens intently as Father and Sam discuss being a Loyalist or a Patriot. He also watches as Father and Sam argue about the Brown Bess. In this chapter, I wonder what Tim is thinking. He looks up to his brother Sam, and he wants to be just like him. Does Tim think Sam is right going off to join the Rebels, or does Tim think Father is right? I also wonder why Mother doesn't express her opinions during the argument.
As I read this chapter, I wondered how Sam made up his mind to be a Patriot? It seems as if Redding is a Tory town. Sam seems to have a different opinion about the King and being a Tory than his father does. How did his opinion become so different from his fathers? I wondered if he listened to his friends at Yale who may have been Patriots.
As I start to read this novel, I wonder why the authors have it raining as Sam returns to his parents' tavern to tell them about the fact that he's joined the Rebel Army, on the side of the Patriots. I wonder if weather will be important for setting the tone of the novel?