Study Guide Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell|
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FREE BOOK SUMMARY / NOTES: THE ISLAND OF THE BLUE DOLPHINS
At the end of the book, when the white men return for Karana, she too
puts a blue line across her nose and cheekbones.
When Karana and Ramo reached the site of the village, they heard the wild dogs who were having a feast on the food remains that had been left behind by the villagers. The dogs had eaten so much that there was barely enough for a meal for the two of them. The next night the dogs returned.
Ramo asked when the ship would return. Karana knew that it would take days for it to reach the land where Kimki waited and return. Ramo said that he was now Chief of Ghalas-at and must be obeyed. Karana reminded him of the rites of manhood that he must first endure. Ramo became pale at the thought and Karana reminded him that there were no longer any men to give the rites. Ramo gave himself a new name. He called himself Chief Tanyositlopai.
The following morning when Karana awoke Ramo was gone. She assumed that
he had gone to where the canoes were. Later that day, she heard the wild
dogs barking and went toward the sound. She found the lifeless body of
her young brother. Nearby were two dog bodies, one with Ramo's spear in
its side. She carried his body back to the village. The dogs followed
her to the village, then, when she picked up a club, they left for their
lair. She followed them and, after they entered the lair, she put brush
in front of the entrance and set it on fire, but there was not enough
available brush to do what she wanted to do. Later that night, when she
could not sleep, she planned how she would someday kill the dogs, all
This chapter gives us a good illustration of how a desire for revenge can overtake anyone.
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