Snow Falling on Cedars | Study Guide

David Guterson

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Snow Falling on Cedars | Chapter 10 | Summary

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Etta Heine's testimony in the trial continues. She describes how Kabuo Miyamoto came to find her in July 1945. Selling the farm wasn't illegal, she says. Kabuo agrees it wasn't illegal, but "wrong is a different matter." Etta claims Kabuo was in a "feud" with her and her son, Carl Heine, from that moment on. Nels Gudmundsson cross-examines her and establishes that by selling the farm, Etta made a nice profit.

Ole Jurgensen, the man who bought the farm from Etta, takes the stand. He testifies he asked about the Miyamotos before purchasing the land. Etta told him they had failed to make payments. Ole says Kabuo came to him in 1945 and asked to buy his family's land, but Ole refused.

Years later, Ole's declining health led him to sell the farm. Ole testifies that Carl and Kabuo came to see him the same day, both wanting to buy the land. Because Carl made an offer first, Ole tells Kabuo to discuss it with Carl. Ole notes Kabuo seemed very angry during both conversations.

Analysis

In this chapter, Etta Heine continues to look bad. She gave the Miyamotos their money back, but she did nothing else to help them. She claims they missed "payments," but Kabuo Miyamoto says they missed only the last payment because of the internment.

Etta has decided Kabuo is to blame for her son's death and she is out to get him convicted. She claims they had a "family feud," that her son, Carl Heine, was concerned Kabuo was dangerous. But careful reading makes it clear Etta was the one who thought Kabuo was dangerous; Carl seemed to be humoring her.

Both Etta and Ole Jurgensen comment on Kabuo's anger. Kabuo has every right to be angry. His family has already suffered under the racist and misguided internment program, and Etta takes advantage of their absence to punish them further, at the same time Kabuo is risking his life in the army to fight for the United States during World War II. Why wouldn't he be angry? Etta made a profit off of his family's loss and refused to recognize the promise made between her husband and Kabuo's father. Etta's lack of empathy for the Miyamotos further implicates her as a figurehead of American attitudes toward Japanese Americans before, during, and after the war.

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