The Light in the Forest | Study Guide

Conrad Richter

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Timeline of Events

  • November 1764

    True Son and other adopted captives are forced to leave the Lenni Lenape tribe for Pennsylvania.

    Chapter 1
  • Several days later

    True Son is returned to the Butlers, from whom he had been abducted 11 years before.

    Chapter 6
  • The next day

    True Son berates Uncle Wilse for participating in the massacre of Conestogo Indians the year before.

    Chapter 7
  • Early spring 1765

    True Son attempts to visit Corn Blade, a Lenape speaker.

    Chapter 8
  • March 1765

    Parson Elder and True Son argue about the Paxton boys' attack on the Conestogo Indians.

    Chapter 9
  • Late spring 1765

    True Son becomes sick, and Dr. Childsley cannot diagnose the illness.

    Chapter 10
  • Late spring 1765

    Little Crane is killed in Pennsylvania.

    Chapter 10
  • Late spring 1765

    Half Arrow and True Son escape Pennsylvania together.

    Chapter 11
  • Summer 1765

    True Son returns to the Lenni Lenape tribe.

    Chapter 13
  • A few days later

    The war party sets out to take vengeance for the murder of Little Crane.

    Chapter 14
  • A few days after

    True Son prevents the Lenapes' ambush when he warns the boat passengers.

    Chapter 14
  • Later that day

    Cuyloga exiles True Son from the tribe.

    Chapter 15

Chapter Summaries Chart

Chapter Summary
Epigraph and Acknowledgements The epigraph is a quotation from British poet William Wordsworth's (1770–1850) poem "Ode: Intimations of Immortality fro... Read More
Chapter 1 The book begins in 1764 in the Tuscarawas Valley located in the present-day state of Ohio. This chapter is told from the... Read More
Chapter 2 This chapter is told from Del's point of view. A young soldier on his first army tour, Del is serving under the respecte... Read More
Chapter 3 This chapter is told from True Son's point of view. After three days, the army camp prepares to leave for Pennsylv... Read More
Chapter 4 True Son knows Half Arrow must return home soon. He worries for Half Arrow's safety around the white men, though Half Ar... Read More
Chapter 5 This chapter is told from True Son's point of view. Once he passes the army camp at Fort Pitt, True Son knows he's... Read More
Chapter 6 This chapter is told from Del's point of view. After days of traveling through the forest, Del is relieved to see ... Read More
Chapter 7 This chapter is told from True Son's perspective. His first night in the Butler home True Son stays wide awake. He... Read More
Chapter 8 After fighting with his uncles, True Son refuses to wear his cousin's clothing. The family hires tailor Peter Wormley an... Read More
Chapter 9 This chapter is told from an omniscient third-person perspective. As the March sparrows sing in the orchard, Mrs. ... Read More
Chapter 10 This chapter is told from Mr. Butler's perspective. True Son has had a fever for several days. Mr. Butler is worri... Read More
Chapter 11 This chapter is told from True Son's perspective. Still sick in bed, True Son wishes he could receive a letter fro... Read More
Chapter 12 This chapter is told from True Son's perspective. True Son wakes up outside feeling free. Then he remembers that h... Read More
Chapter 13 Back in the forest, True Son and Half Arrow feel at home. For several months they remain in the forest, hunting and enjo... Read More
Chapter 14 Although the village celebrates True Son's return for days, True Son notices that Little Crane's family won't celebrate ... Read More
Chapter 15 True Son realizes that he's betrayed his brothers. The other warriors are enraged, calling him a snake, a spy, and a bad... Read More
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