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When Marian arrives, she urges them to make use of horses to pull the
stump, but both men want to do it themselves. Finally with great heaving
and grunting, the stump tears loose from its last hold and topples on
the ground. The moment is a triumphant one for the men. To celebrate,
Shane suggests having some pie. Unfortunately, Marian has forgotten all
about it, and the pie is totally burned. Marian is very upset, and no
amount of cajoling her about it seems to help. She finally declares that
she is going to make another pie. When it is ready and put on plates,
Shane tastes the pie and says that it is the best bit of stump he has
ever eaten. All of the adults laugh at the comment, which bewilders the
Shane and Joe spend most of the chapter laboring over the removal of the dead tree stump. They are so busy with their work that they refuse to notice Marian’s restyled hat. They also refuse her suggestion to use the horses to make the work easier, for they want the thrill of finishing the job on their own. The intensity with which Shane and Joe labor over the tree stump reveals their determination, strength, and tenacity. Shane works diligently on the stump in order to repay Joe for his kindness. Joe works equally as hard, for the dead stump has been troublesome to him for a long time, but he never wanted to tackle its removal alone.
Although Marian is angry that her husband scolds her for interrupting him and Shane as they work, she is still the dutiful wife and hostess. She prepares a meal for them, which she serves with exaggerated politeness, trying to hide her anger. After eating, she prepares the apple pie that she has promised to make. Unfortunately, as she watches the men finally removing the stump, she forgets all about the pie, which totally burns. Embarrassed about the ruined pie, Marian, in stubbornness, makes a new one. When it is ready and served, Shane breaks the tension by stating, “That’s the best bit of stump I ever tasted.” The allusion to the stump is understood by the adults, but is lost on young Bob.
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