Free Study Guide: April Morning by Howard Fast|
PLOT NOTES / BOOK SUMMARY: APRIL MORNING BY HOWARD FAST
On the walk home, Adam remembers a game he played as a child: it was called Pontiac and was a kind of dodgeball where the last boy standing in the circle became Pontiac and could claim a "scalp" from any of the others. Adam saw this as part of his childhood and surrendered the memory of it as he entered his house. Inside were neighbors and a great amount of food. Mother forces him to eat, complaining that he never eats enough - when before this day, she complained that he had a bottomless pit for a stomach. Adam ends up eating till he is well past full, and in the meanwhile Levi cleaned and polished his fowling piece. Ruth is present, and he has the urge to cry out to her that they're forcing him to grow up too quickly, that he doesn't want the same to happen to her. Mother asks Adam about where Father has been placed, then asks him to excuse her behavior for the next few days. She sends Adam back to the meetinghouse with candles, so Father won't lie in the dark. He protests that the Reverend has provided candles, but she insists it can be used later.
Granny prepares the candles and gives instructions to Adam. Before he
leaves, he notices Ruth is gone; when he goes outside, he finds her waiting
for him. They sit down at the bench and kiss; she tells him how upset
she was when she heard he had died and that she loves him a great deal.
She added that she didn't want to be married at fifteen, and he asks her
to walk to........
This last chapter closes and ends with the necessary corollary to Adam's
sudden rise to adulthood: the loss of his childhood and the innocence
associated with it. Readers are..........
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