Study Guide for Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns|
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STUDY GUIDE FOR COLD SASSY TREE BY OLIVE ANN BURNS
-Love is accused of stealing the New York trip. -Hoyt gets even with
Rucker by buying a car for Mary Willis. -Love contacts people from New
York, using her buying expertise and their greed to overcome their anger
at her. -Rucker buys a car of his own and has it shipped from New York.
The people begin to shift their attentions to the new cars and the business
at the store even as Will begins to notice that Rucker and Love are behaving
romantically toward each other.
Will drives the car for Rucker and Love on a picnic which becomes an
overnight stay in another town. There he discovers the truth about both
his grandfather and Love as he reveals his secret love for her. By this
time, Will is hoping that there will be a "real" marriage between
Love and his grandfather and is disappointed when she rejects him.
The resolution of the story involves several chapters as all of the
subplots are neatly resolved, although not entirely to the narrator's
satisfaction as a youngster. The questions created by Rucker's marriage
to Love are answered, and a new member will soon be added to the family
even as the oldest one leaves it.
-Rucker becomes ill and accepts only Love as his nurse. -Rucker and
Love begin taking buggy rides together and are soon "laughing and
talking with everyone" on their rides. He is the "grand duke
of Cold Sassy again."
-Loma tries to put on a Christmas play which Will ruins by releasing
a cage full of rats on the stage. Will regrets his behavior because of
the devastating effect it has on Loma. Still, he finds it good to be "back
on familiar ground with her."
-Grandpa spots Hosie Roach and compares him to Camp, Loma's husband.
He says Hosie would be worth three of Camp, and Camp hears him.
-Camp commits suicide, and Will repairs the faucet so people won't say
that Camp "couldn't even fix a leaky faucet.
-Grandpa forces people to have a normal funeral for Camp.
-Loma and the baby move into Will's home and take his bedroom.
-Will sees Grandpa trying to dance the turkey trot with Love and knows he is "courtin'" her in earnest.
-Rucker hires Hosie Roach to help at the store.
-Love offers to teach Loma how to be a milliner at the store, thus resolving
the conflict between the two of them.
-On Will's 15th birthday, Lightfoot tells Will that she is going to marry Hosie.
-The store is robbed and Grandpa is seriously injured.
-Love reveals that she is pregnant.
-Rucker dies, but leaves a detailed letter regarding some unusual wishes
for his funeral.
-Rucker's will is read; his estate is divided among Mary Willis, Loma, Love, and the unborn child. He also leaves a house to each of the three women and $400 to Will, providing Will "agrees to become an associate at the store." He leaves nothing for his other two grandchildren, but no one other than Will seems to notice.
-Love comes to the house to tell the family about the baby and to announce
that she will not be leaving Cold Sassy.
-The town council votes to change the name of the town to "Progressive City."
The novel is written in First person from the perspective of Will Tweedy. Although he is mostly consistent in limiting his knowledge to what he would have been able to see, we do occasionally sense the blending of adult "writer" with teenage narrator.
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