Study Guide for Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns|
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COLD SASSY TREE - FREE BOOK REVIEW / ANALYSIS
Will's reaction to his teacher's punishment is something every boy might
wish to have thought of. Since he and Hosie scheme together to cut the
wood incorrectly, they obviously aren't very serious enemies. Will said
earlier that if one didn't get into a fight every now and then, he would
be called a teacher's pet.
Grandpa's car arrives at the train depot. All the people gather at the store to see the surprise except Love who has refused to attend because she is afraid everyone will say she put him up to it. Grandpa gets angry and refuses to wear the new suit she has made for him, but Will knows that Love is right.
When the car arrives and is taken from the freight car, everyone cheers. Will drives it to the store. Love never does put in an appearance, which gives Loma cause to assume that Rucker just doesn't want Love to steal any of his glory. Will defends Love by saying that she is sick.
On Sunday morning Grandpa has Will come to the house before church and teach him and Love how to drive the new Pierce. Love and Will play a joke by turning off the ignition just as Grandpa tries to crank the car. Thus, he can't start the car, but Love can start it just fine. He believes he is doing something incorrectly until he catches Love turning off the switch. Once the car is running, Grandpa gives them a scare when he forgets to use the brake down a hill. He panics and steers the car into a ditch, but no real harm is done.
Miss Love is a better driver than Grandpa, but on the day she decides
to drive to town and show off, a bee flies down the front of her dress.
She panics and loses control of the car. Thus both Grandpa and Love swear
they will never drive the car again, leaving Will as their designated
Loma tries to start something when Love fails to show up, but the town is too preoccupied with the car to pay any attention. The purchase is an attempt Love's part to become more modern, but the inability to drive the car shows that neither she nor Grandpa is quite ready for that much of a leap. It does, however, symbolize major changes for the town as it will create more rapid and independent connections between Cold Sassy and the neighboring towns.
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