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Paying back Ned Jonas, Douglas performs his second act of heroism in this chapter, restoring the "natural" order of Grandmother Spaulding's kitchen and in doing so returning the pleasures of her cooking to her and to all those who enjoy her meals. Aunt Rose's methods of precision and efficiency are ridiculed slightly - how can one determine the exact percentage by which a meal can become better? - but are actually quite dangerous.
Aunt Rose is the personification of the dangers of mechanization and routine, of being too precise and losing sight of the instinctual demands of life.
Tom and Douglas see various signs that summer is coming to a close, most notably the sale on school supplies. The brothers discuss what next year will be like, and they go down to the cellar with Grandfather Spaulding to admire the bottles of dandelion wine, one for every summer day. As evening approached, the three took down the porch swing. That night, Douglas calls out for the town to finish its nightly rituals; when he falls asleep, summer 1928 ends.
The book begins as it ended, with an incantation to the town. Douglas asserts his control over his own universe again, albeit in a different context from the beginning: what seemed a childish display at the start of the novel is more of a call to community, to the value of shared experience, at the novel's end.
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