Study Guide for Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns|
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FREE SUMMARY / SYNOPSIS - COLD SASSY TREE
Will begins to notice that his father and Love are acting like their relationship has advanced beyond that of housekeeping. After attending a fair, where Rucker can hardly keep his eyes off her, the three of them go on a late fall picnic. Will catches Rucker kissing Love, and, after an accident which forces them to spend the night in a country home in another town, he hears Rucker and Love explain their personal stories to each other. Here he learns that his grandfather had been in love with Miss Simpson all along, and that the reason she refused to accept his advances was because of a childhood rape that made her, in her own mind, damaged goods.
Rucker is forced to cool his ardor temporarily, but soon invents a ruse that gets Love's attention. He claims to be sick with some contagious disease and allows no one but her to nurse him. He soon recovers and is seen taking long buggy rides alone with her and openly showing his affection. Furthermore, she appears to return it and seems happier than she has ever been.
One night at the store when Rucker is late locking up, the store is
robbed and he is attacked. Rucker is unable to recover from his injuries
before pneumonia sets in and he dies. However, he lives long enough for
Love to tell him that she is pregnant. The story ends with Love staying
on in Cold Sassy where Rucker's child will have a family and a future.
(see Overall Analysis section for detailed theme analysis)
Humorous and objective, but with serious overtones. Told from the perspective of a teenage boy as his life is remembered by the adult several years later.
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