Walk Two Moons | Study Guide

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Walk Two Moons | Chapters 43–44 | Summary

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Chapter 43: Our Gooseberry

As the sheriff drives Sal back to the hospital in Coeur d'Alene, they discuss the bus wreck. Mrs. Cadaver was the sole survivor of the bus wreck. On the day of Mrs. Winterbottom's return, Sal finally talked to Mrs. Cadaver. Mrs. Cadaver told Sal that she became friends with Sugar during the journey and that Sugar told Mrs. Cadaver all about Sal and Sal's father and their home in Bybanks. When Sal's father went to Lewiston to bury Sugar, he visited Mrs. Cadaver in the hospital. Mrs. Cadaver told Sal that her father is attached to her because she "held [Sugar's] hand in her last moments," and that Sal's father isn't ready to love again.

At the hospital, Sal learns that Gram, "our gooseberry," has died.

Chapter 44: Bybanks

Sal switches to present-tense narration. She, her father, and Gramps are living on the farm in Bybanks, Kentucky, where Gram is now buried.

After Gram died, their old friend Gloria came to visit Gramps, and they "talked about Gram for four hours straight." Sal and Gramps often play "the moccasin game," where they imagine what it would feel like to be in someone else's position. Sal understands the trip she took to Lewiston, Idaho, was "a chance to walk in [her] mother's moccasins."

Phoebe's story helped Sal "to think about and understand [her] own mother." She realizes that people make up stories to "explain all the truly awful things in the world," and that bravery means being willing to look at everything that is bad as well as everything that is beautiful.

Sal corresponds regularly with Ben and Phoebe and anticipates an upcoming visit by Ben, Phoebe, Mrs. Cadaver, and Mrs. Partridge. Sal "can't wait to show Phoebe and Ben" the place she loves so much.

Analysis

In these last two chapters, everything comes full circle for Sal. She is back on her beloved farm in Bybanks, Kentucky, a place teeming with life that is full of her mother's presence. Sal has returned home, but with greater wisdom than she had when she left. Her time in Euclid, Ohio, and her trip with her grandparents have taught her many things. She has learned how to be empathetic—as evidenced by her playing "the moccasin game"—and she has learned to accept the hard parts of life along with the good parts, which requires bravery. Sal has made peace with the past, is enjoying the present, and is happily anticipating the future. Her connection to nature is as strong as ever: "the sugar maple tree is [her] thinking place." The past is all around her, just as her mother's hair and postcards are buried underneath her floorboards, but the past does not pain Sal. Her painful journey away from home gave Sal the strength to live life with greater joy and less fear.

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