Chapter Summaries For "Corn Raid" By James Lincoln Collier

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Chapter 1About: Richard Meets the Indian BoyDetails:*Richard is working in the tobacco field when an Indian boy comes up and runs off with his hoe.*Richard chases after the Indian boy when he corners him and they get into a fight.*Laydon comes and breaks it up and takes the Indian boy named Weetoppin home with him.Point: Metal stuff was valuable in those days.Statement: I think Laydon will make Weetoppin work for him.Chapter 2About: Laydon Brings Home WeetoppinDetails:*They get home and they meet Susan.*Susan asks what happened and Richard tells her that he got in a fight with Weetoppin because he stole the hoe. Then Laydon asks her to make dinner.*At dinner, Laydon tells Weetoppin that he wants him to work for him, so they bargain and Weetoppin finally agrees to work for him for a knife, a blanket, a shirt, and some pants.Point: Indians could live with English and English could live with Indians.Statement: I think Weetoppin will run away.Chapter 3About: Weetoppin Gets Used to English LifeDetails:*Weetoppin and Richard work in the field, and they start to get to know each other.*On Sunday, they go to church, but Weetoppin sleeps during most of it.*After church, Henry Spofford comes up and talks to them and notices Weetoppin.Point: Indians didn't like the English life, ways, or religion.Statement: Richard will look for his Indenture paper.Chapter 4About: Weetoppin is IndenturedDetails:*Weetoppin's father comes and talks to Weetoppin. Then he goes into Laydon's house and comes out with a blanket and hatchet. Laydon then explains that Weetoppin has been indentured.*Richard tries to talk Weetoppin into telling him what happened, but Weetoppin refuses. They go inside and Susan explains to them that Laydon went out and that they had to hack out stumps while he was gone.*They go out and take out the smallest stump. Then Richard goes inside to tell Susan that they're going swimming. Susan also tells her why Laydon never whips her. Then Susan tells her that Weetoppin killed another Indian and that's why he can't go home.Point: Indians could be indentured.Statement: I think Weetoppin will try to kill Laydon.Chapter 5About: Richard Learns Why Weetoppin Killed the Indian BoyDetails:*Richard is in shock when the person he has been working with for twelve hours a day is a murderer. But he thinks to himself that maybe it was an accident, and that he didn't mean to kill the Indian boy.*They're swimming in the river when Richard hears a splash. He goes to look to see what it was and it turns out that it was Laydon's boat. When Laydon gets back, he knows that they we're swimming so he whips both of them.*After being whipped, they go down to the river to wash out their cuts. After that, the just sat on the river bank watching the water go by. Then Richard says that he knows that he killed another Indian and so Weetoppin explains that he accidently shot an arrow at his best friend, so he then ran off to the English to be safe.Point: It wasn't uncommon for a murder...

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