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Pilgrim at Tinker Creek | Chapter Summaries


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Chapter Summary
Chapter 1 Although this chapter is set in January, Dillard begins with a memory of hot summer nights when her scrappy tomcat would... Read More
Chapter 2 In a flashback to her childhood when she used to hide pennies, Dillard describes her delight in thinking of the lucky pe... Read More
Chapter 3 It is February, and cold weather has forced Dillard indoors. Starlings now are the local topic of conversation. Non-nati... Read More
Chapter 4 It is still February; Dillard writes emphatically, "I have just learned to see praying mantis egg cases. Suddenly I see ... Read More
Chapter 5 It is still February, and Dillard discovers a mystery on one of her walks: a knotted snakeskin inside a discarded aquari... Read More
Chapter 6 Miles away from Tinker Creek on an interstate in early March, Dillard stops for gas; the boy who runs the station offers... Read More
Chapter 7 It is April, and spring has arrived. Dillard recalls how as a child she used to think only English words were real and o... Read More
Chapter 8 It is June, and summer is now in the Virginia mountains. As Dillard feeds her goldfish, Ellery, she describes complex de... Read More
Chapter 9 The chapter starts just after the summer solstice. After an unseasonably cool spell there is a short rain shower, and su... Read More
Chapter 10 It is late June when Dillard awakens shouting from a nightmare. Two moths mate and lay thousands of eggs that hatch in h... Read More
Chapter 11 As July arrives, Dillard immediately starts talking about the Eskimos, whose lives fascinate her. In keeping with the ch... Read More
Chapter 12 One hot night in early September, Dillard decides to sleep outdoors. She walks through a meadow and stirs up a barrage o... Read More
Chapter 13 Summer is dying in mid-September. When Dillard sits on a ledge at a nearby quarry, she is surprised to find a baby coppe... Read More
Chapter 14 Dillard covers two months in the first two paragraphs, telling readers the birds molted in September and then became dee... Read More
Chapter 15 It is December, the winter solstice, and Dillard can feel something ringing inside her as if an iron bell were hanging f... Read More
Afterword The afterword was not present in the first edition. Dillard added it in 1999 for an anniversary edition. Now 25 years ol... Read More
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