The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian | Study Guide

Sherman Alexie

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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian | Chapter 26 : Rowdy and I Have a Long and Serious Discussion About Basketball | Summary

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Summary

Junior e-mails Rowdy apologizing for the game. They trade insults. Junior realizes the tone is friendly, and they're talking for the first time since he left the reservation. He's glad.

Analysis

The bleak ending to the last chapter is eased a little, as the reader sees there's some hope for Junior and Rowdy's friendship. The two return to their conversational mode of choice, bravado, and homophobic insults.

Junior, who's become adept at code-switching (adapting his language to suit the audience, white or Native American), is happy to switch back into a conversation with Rowdy that he might have once seen as juvenile. The reader wonders if this overture toward friendship will be enough to reunite them.

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