This contented feeling is suddenly broken when Father Tom attempts to swim to the raft and almost drowns. Heroically, Rayona pulls Father Tom to safety on the raft. Now, with Father Tom also on the raft, the safety that Rayona originally felt turns threatening. Although Dorris is somewhat — and purposefully — vague in his narration about what exactly happens between Rayona and Father Tom on the raft, we know that a sexual act of some sort happens between them. Dorris writes of Father Tom's physical actions with Rayona, "He presses, presses, presses. . . . His hips jerk against me." Rayona, unable to cope with what is happening to her, sinks into a dreamlike state: "In my dream I move with him, pin him to me with my strong arms, search for his face with my mouth." Now scared of his own actions, Father Tom asks Rayona, "What are you doing?" thereby placing the
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