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Seven that evening, Jonas speaks to Mrs. Spaulding, wishing to tell the sick boy something; she politely refuses him, as Douglas is not conscious. At eight o'clock, the doctor returns and at nine o'clock Douglas' family sets up a cot outside, under the apple tree, where he can sleep in a cool environment. Mr. Jonas visits Douglas as he sleeps, giving him two bottles of fresh air to drink. As Jonas leaves, Douglas wakes. Later still, an elated Tom reports to his parents that Douglas' fever has broken; they watch him as he sleeps.
If summer is life and natural pleasures, it reaches a boiling point in this chapter. If anything, Douglas is at risk of being consumed by the power of summer and life, as various machines threatened to consume their users in the novel. The fever dreams and Tom's talk with Mr. Jonas indicate that Douglas has been overwhelmed by his experiences of the summer, that he needs to remember that there is pleasure in the midst of change and turmoil. Jonas provides exactly that with his bottled air.
The next morning, a silence falls on the town, heralding the start of summer rains. Douglas is now inside, in bed, and begins to write in his yellow pad.
The impulse to write, to take note of all that happens, is as strong in Douglas as before. If anything, one may assume his brush with death only reinforces the urge to write.
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