Walk Two Moons | Study Guide

Sharon Creech

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Walk Two Moons | Chapters 35–36 | Summary

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Chapter 35: The Plan

As they drive on the curving roads through Montana, Sal is both overcome with appreciation for the beautiful scenery and anxious about having an accident. She continues her story.

Mr. Birkway apologizes to the class for reading their journals aloud and sends them to the library, where Ben shadows Sal as if he wants to kiss her.

After school, Sal and Phoebe call all the Bickles in the phone book. They finally call the right house, but the sergeant is at work. That night Sal reaches Sergeant Bickle on the phone and pretends to be a friend of his son's. The sergeant gives Sal his son Mike's address.

Chapter 36: The Visit

Sal continues her story. Sal and Phoebe take a bus to the university to meet Mike. Ben is on the same bus, going to see a friend in the hospital. In Ben's presence, Sal's "skin tickled and [her] brain buzzed and [her] blood romped around." As Sal and Phoebe are about to go up to Mike's room in his dormitory, Phoebe becomes anxious. The girls go outside and see Mrs. Winterbottom on a bench, kissing the lunatic's cheek.

Analysis

Mr. Birkway shows an impressive capacity for growth and reflection when he issues his students an apology for what has essentially been a violation of their privacy for the sake of teaching. This situation illustrates the way that too much truth needlessly exposed can create suffering and misconceptions about others. But similar troubles can happen when truths are kept hidden, as when Sal and Phoebe's lack of knowledge about Mrs. Cadaver causes them to be afraid.

In Chapter 36 the tension in the story reaches its highest point yet. Sal's romantic attraction to Ben is manifesting itself increasingly in her physical reaction to his presence. However, this new kind of experience is not Sal's primary preoccupation. Like Phoebe, Sal is consumed by the mystery of the lunatic and finding Mrs. Winterbottom. In a single unexpected moment, the connection between the lunatic and Mrs. Winterbottom is dramatically exposed when they are sitting affectionately together on the bench. However, the nature of this connection remains unexplained, and the tension—both for the reader and for Sal and Phoebe—builds.

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