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"The Light In The Forest" By Conrad Richter

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The light in the forestBy Conrad RichterThe story is about a half Indian boy half white boy who is stolen from the whites at a very young age he is brought up to love Indian ways and has to dear friends that are his cousins half arrow and little crane. However, all the fun is interrupted when the entire sudden true son is ordered to go to the white people his original people. True son greatly resents this and tries to run away from everyone but his Indian father goes in to the woods and soon is able to find him. True son is taken away by the Calvary and his parents bid farewell, he is on the way when both his cousins accompany him on the way to the citadel. But when it comes time to cross the water to go to the citadel the cousins must part. Once in the citadel the captives are held in a small cell while waiting for their family ...view middle of the document...

True son soon becomes stricken with a disease and is almost knocked into a coma. His white parents are very worried and scared. One night though true son hears that two Indians trespassed and one of them was shot. He was so happy to hear his people were around. That next night he hears halfarrow and sneaks out to meet him they decide to go back to Indian land while walking though halfarrow shows true son the slain body of little crane (he was scalped). True sons rage grows as they go back to Indian land but evaporates when he sees his family they rejoice with half arrows family for 2 days but the only family that didn't participate was little cares who were so very sullen they demanded war against the whites the other Indian families agreed all tat hate between the families disappeared and soon they were dressing for war their was question about whether true son and half arrow should stay or come to war. They choose to and went to war. They decided to set up an ambush where they would dress Trueson like a white boy put him on the river banks to lure in a boat then the Indians would attack as a huge boat came true son called out to the boat they moved but were unsure then finally the women said to go forward as they neared the boy on the boat resembled his white brother and true son just couldn' t stand for this to happen to his brother so he yelled go back it s an ambush the boat then turned and Indian shots rang out. He went back to meets the very unhappy ambush who held a Pow wow to decide whether he should burn alive most said to burn then his Indian father gave a heartfelt lecture saying he wants his son to part at the next road and that they go their separate ways. That they will be come enemies so at the nest parting road they did and true son tried to say good bye but then his father said enemies don t say good bye and that was it he crossed the river bank into the white way of life

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