Study Guide for Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns|
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COLD SASSY TREE - CHAPTER NOTES / GUIDE
Blakeslee is intuitive enough to see that Love does not hate McAllister, or at least there was a time when she didn't. His courtesy toward the other man is the best possible action he could take as a means of finding out exactly who he is and just how important he is to Love. We will never know whether or not Love's assumption, that he is coming for her as a last resort, is correct. She probably is correct in thinking that sooner or later, her own secret past would come between them.
As for Rucker, he knows that McAllister has never done him any wrong,
and that he may not even realize Love is married; thus he has no call
to start a fight with the man. Furthermore, he still has no real claim
on Love as she has only married him to be his housekeeper and he has kept
from her any romantic intentions of his own. However, this chapter sets
up some suspense as we have to wonder what Love has in her past and whether
it will eventually come between her and Rucker as well.
Love declares that she wouldn't marry McAllister even if she wasn't
married to Blakeslee. She doesn't want the saddle either, but Rucker surmises
that it won't be easy to get rid of it. They finally decide to keep it.
Grandpa recalls a cousin in another town who has a 3 year-old thoroughbred
he had wanted to give away. He decides to send Will and the Predmore boy
to get the horse, and even agrees to let the boys make a short camping
trip out of the venture.
Rucker recognizes the value of the saddle as well as the fact that there would be nothing wrong in keeping it. He may think that he is keeping it as an item of memorabilia for Love, although she herself would rather not have it for that. Sending Will and the boys off on a camping trip is a structural devise, creating a change of pace in the story and allowing the tension in town to either take another direction or at least quiet down a bit.
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