Study Guide for Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns|
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COLD SASSY TREE - BOOK NOTES
As if things could get any worse for Will, Lightfoot meets him on the
day of his 15th birthday when he is on the way home from school. She tells
him that she does not think ill of him for kissing her, and that she is
getting married to Hosie Roach. She wanted Will to hear it from her first.
Will feels as if his world is falling apart.
The suspense begun in the cemetery is brought to a resolution as we
see that Lightfoot will never marry Will. Hosie is not a bad person; Will's
hatred toward him was only on account of Lightfoot. Will is not going
to get the girl but he will always be able to cherish the memory of that
first kiss and he has some comfort in knowing that she enjoyed it.
Grandpa's store is robbed late one night by two men who showed up earlier
in the day pretending to be cotton buyers. Rucker almost gets the drop
on them with their own gun, but they goad him into taking warning shots,
thus using the last two bullets in the gun. They beat Rucker badly and
take all the day's cash along with some gold coins he had saved in the
Rucker is still trying to recover from his injuries. Will goes to visit
and overhears Rucker and Love discussing Rucker's ideas about God. The
conversation becomes intimate, telling Will that Love and his grandfather
have indeed fallen in love and have become truly man and wife. He thinks
they are about to live "happy ever after," but instead of getting
well, Grandpa begins to run a fever and takes a turn for the worse.
Will begins to more fully understand his grandfather's ideas about God. The discussion with Love is a foreshadowing of his coming death.
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