Hatchet

by

Gary Paulsen

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Brian Robeson Character Analysis

Brian Robeson, the protagonist of the novel, is a thirteen-year-old boy from the New York City area. At the start of the novel, Brian is reeling at the news that his mother and father are getting a divorce. The split is devastating for Brian, and his knowledge that his mother has been having an affair is particularly haunting. Brian takes a plane to Northern Canada to visit his father, but midway through the flight, the pilot has a heart attack and dies suddenly, forcing Brian to land the plane on his own in the dense Canadian forest. Brian has always lived in urban comfort and has little knowledge of the natural world. His development from sheltered child to wise, self-sufficient young man forms the story’s central arc. Even though he is weak and frightened at first, Brian reveals himself to be resourceful and resilient in the face of adversity, demonstrating how the challenges and wonders of the natural world can transform even an average person into someone strong and insightful. Brian’s newfound understanding and appreciation of the natural world leave him calmer and more perceptive even after he returns home at the end of the book.

Brian Robeson Quotes in Hatchet

The Hatchet quotes below are all either spoken by Brian Robeson or refer to Brian Robeson. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Simon & Schuster edition of Hatchet published in 1987.
Chapter 1  Quotes

The burning eyes did not come back, but memories did, came flooding in. The words. Always the words. Divorce. The Secret. Fights. Split.

Page Number: 5
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Chapter 2  Quotes

“Help! Somebody help me! I’m in this plane and don't know… don’t know… don’t know…” And he started crying with the screams, crying and slamming his hands against the wheel of the plane, causing it to jerk down, then back up. But again, he heard nothing but the sound of his own sobs in the microphone, his own screams mocking him, coming back into his ears.

Related Characters: Brian Robeson (speaker), Pilot
Page Number: 18
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Chapter 4 Quotes

Luck, he thought. I have luck, I had good luck there. But he knew that was wrong. If he had had good luck his parents wouldn’t have divorced because of the Secret and he wouldn’t have been flying with a pilot who had a heart attack and he wouldn’t be here where he had to have good luck to keep from being destroyed.

Page Number: 37
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The scenery was very pretty, he thought, and there were new things to look at, but it was all a green and blue blur and he was used to the gray and black of the city. Traffic, people talking, sounds all the time—the hum and whine of the city. Here, at first, it was silent, or he thought it was silent, but when he started to listen, really listen, he heard thousands of things.

Related Characters: Brian Robeson
Page Number: 38
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Chapter 5 Quotes

“So.” He almost jumped with the word, spoken aloud. It seemed so out of place, the sound. He tried it again. “So. So. So here I am.” And there it is, he thought. For the first time since the crash his mind started to work, his brain triggered and he began thinking.

Related Characters: Brian Robeson
Page Number: 42
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Nothing. It kept coming back to that. He had nothing. Well, almost nothing. As a matter of fact, he thought, I don’t know what I’ve got or haven’t got. Maybe I should try and figure out just how I stand.

Related Characters: Brian Robeson, Perpich
Page Number: 45
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Chapter 6 Quotes

It was his first good luck. No, he thought. He had good luck in landing. But this was good luck as well, luck he needed.

Related Characters: Brian Robeson
Page Number: 54
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Chapter 7 Quotes

Ugly, he thought. Very, very ugly. And he was, at that moment, almost overcome with self-pity. He was dirty and starving and bitten and hurt and lonely and afraid and so completely miserable that it was like a being in a pit, a dark, deep pit with no way out. He sat on the bank and fought crying. Then let it come and cried for perhaps three, four minutes. Long tears, self-pity tears, wasted tears.

Related Characters: Brian Robeson
Page Number: 65-66
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Yes, this was the third day and he had thought of the shelter as home. He turned and looked at it, studied the crude work. The brush made a fair wall, not weathertight but it cut most of the wind off. He hadn’t done so badly at that. Maybe it wasn’t much, but also maybe it was all he had for a home. All right, he thought, so I’ll call it home. He turned back and set off up the side of the lake, heading for the gut cherry bushes, his windbreaker-bag in his hand. Things were bad, he thought, but maybe not that bad. Maybe he could find some better berries.

Related Characters: Brian Robeson
Page Number: 67-68
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Outside the rain poured down, but Brian lay back, drinking syrup from the berries, dry and with the pain almost all gone, the stiffness also gone, his belly full and a good taste in his mouth. For the first time since the crash he was not thinking of himself, or his own life. Brian was wondering if the bear was as surprised as he to find another being in the berries.

Related Characters: Brian Robeson
Page Number: 72-73
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Chapter 8 Quotes

He did not know how long it took, but later he looked back on this time of crying in the corner of the dark cave and thought of it as when he learned the most important rule of survival, which was that feeling sorry for yourself didn’t work. It wasn’t just that it was wrong to do, or that it was considered incorrect. It was more than that—it didn’t work. When he sat alone in the darkness and cried and was done, all done with it, nothing had changed. His leg still hurt, it was still dark, he was still alone and the self-pity had accomplished nothing.

Related Characters: Brian Robeson
Page Number: 77
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Chapter 9 Quotes

So much from a little spark.

A friend and a guard from a tiny spark.

He looked around and wished he had somebody to tell this thing, to show this thing he had done. But there was nobody. Nothing but the trees and the sun and the breeze and the lake.

Related Characters: Brian Robeson
Related Symbols: Hatchet
Page Number: 87
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Chapter 10 Quotes

He smiled. City boy, he thought. Oh, you city boy with your city ways—he made a mirror in his mind, a mirror of himself, and saw how he must look. City boy with your city ways sitting in the sand trying to read the tracks and not knowing, not understanding.

Related Characters: Brian Robeson
Page Number: 93
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Chapter 11 Quotes

But it was a mental thing. He had gotten depressed thinking about how they hadn’t found him yet, and when he was busy and had something to do the depression seemed to leave. So there were things to do.

Related Characters: Brian Robeson
Page Number: 98-99
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I am not the same, he thought. I see, I hear differently. He did not know when the change started, but it was there; when a sound came to him now he didn’t just hear it but would know the sound. He would swing and look at it—a breaking twig, a movement of air—and know the sound as if he somehow could move his mind back down the wave of sound to the source. He could know what the sound was before he quite realized he had heard it. And when he saw something—a bird moving a wing inside a bush or a ripple on the water—he would truly see that thing, not just notice it as he used to notice things in the city. He would see all parts of it; see the whole wing, the feathers, see the color of the feathers, see the bush, and the size and shape and color of its leaves.

Related Characters: Brian Robeson
Page Number: 100
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Chapter 12 Quotes

He could not play the game without hope; could not play the game without a dream. They had taken it all away from him now, they had turned away from him and there was nothing for him now. The plane gone, his family gone, all of it gone. They would not come. He was alone and there was nothing for him.

Related Characters: Brian Robeson
Page Number: 112
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Chapter 13 Quotes

Brian looked back and for a moment felt afraid because the wolf was so… so right. He knew Brian, knew him and owned him and chose not to do anything to him. But the fear moved then, moved away, and Brian knew the wolf for what it was—another part of the woods, another part of all of it. Brian relaxed the tension on the spear in his hand, settled the bow in his other hand from where it had started to come up. He knew the wolf now, as the wolf knew him, and he nodded to it, nodded and smiled.

Related Characters: Brian Robeson
Related Symbols: Wolf
Page Number: 115
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With his bow, with an arrow fashioned by his own hands he had done food, had found a way to live. The bow had given him this way and he exulted in it, in the bow, in the arrow, in the fish, in the hatchet, in the sky. He stood and walked from the water, still holding the fish and arrow and bow against the sky, seeing them as they fit his arms, as if they were part of him.

Related Characters: Brian Robeson
Related Symbols: Hatchet
Page Number: 119
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By the end of that day, when it became dark and he lay next to the fire with his stomach full of fish and grease from the meat smeared around his mouth, he could feel new hope building in him. Not hope that he would be rescued—that was gone. But hope in his knowledge. Hope in the fact that he could learn and survive and take care of himself. Tough hope, he thought that night. I am full of tough hope.

Related Characters: Brian Robeson
Page Number: 120
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Chapter 15 Quotes

He had been looking for feathers, for the color of the bird, for a bird sitting there. He had to look for the outline instead, had to see the shape instead of the feathers or color, had to train his eyes to see the shape…

It was like turning on a television. Suddenly he could see things he never saw before. In just moments, it seemed, he saw three birds before they flew, saw them sitting and got close enough to one of them, moving slowly, got close enough to try a shot with his bow.

Related Characters: Brian Robeson
Page Number: 133
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Chapter 16 Quotes

She had done more damage than he had originally thought, the insane cow—no sense to it at all. Just madness. When he got to the shelter he crawled inside and was grateful that the coals were still glowing and that he had thought to get wood first thing in the mornings to be ready for the day, grateful that he had thought to get enough wood for two or three days at a time, grateful that he had fish nearby if he needed to eat, grateful, finally, as he dozed off, that he was alive.

Related Characters: Brian Robeson
Page Number: 143
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A flip of some giant coin and he was the loser. But there is a difference now, he thought—there really is a difference. I might be hit but I’m not done. When the light comes I’ll start to rebuild. I still have the hatchet and that’s all I had in the first place.

Related Characters: Brian Robeson
Related Symbols: Hatchet
Page Number: 147
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Chapter 17 Quotes

He went to sleep thinking a kind of reverse question. He did not know if he would ever get out of this, could not see how it might be, but if he did somehow get home and go back to living the way he had lived, would it be just the opposite? Would he be sitting watching television and suddenly think about the sunset up in back of the ridge and wonder how the color looked in the lake?

Page Number: 158
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Chapter 18 Quotes

For all this time, all the living and fighting, the hatchet had been everything—he had always worn it. Without the hatchet he had nothing—no fire, no tools, no weapons—he was nothing. The hatchet was, had been him. And he had dropped it.

Related Characters: Brian Robeson
Related Symbols: Hatchet
Page Number: 116
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Chapter 19 Quotes

It was a strange feeling, holding the rifle. It somehow removed him from everything around him. Without the rifle he had to fit in, to be part of it all, to understand it and use it—the woods, all of it. With the rifle, suddenly, he didn’t have to know; did not have to be afraid or understand.

Related Characters: Brian Robeson
Related Symbols: Rifle
Page Number: 173
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Epilogue Quotes

They were not nightmares, none of them was frightening, but he would awaken at times with them; just awaken and sit up and think of the lake, the forest, the fire at night, the night birds singing, the fish jumping—sit in the dark alone and think of them and it was not bad and would never be bad for him.

Related Characters: Brian Robeson
Page Number: 180
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Brian Robeson Character Timeline in Hatchet

The timeline below shows where the character Brian Robeson appears in Hatchet. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1 
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Thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson sits in a small bush plane, looking out the window into a blurry green... (full context)
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Brian is initially excited about the new experience of flying in the plane, but he soon... (full context)
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Brian looks over at the pilot and notices how attuned he is to the plane, almost... (full context)
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The pilot turns his attention back to flying, and Brian is again alone with his painful memories of the divorce. Brian reflects that his father... (full context)
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Brian thinks about what it will be like to spend the summer with his father in... (full context)
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Brian realizes that the pilot’s pain is getting worse. The pilot tries to talk, but is... (full context)
Chapter 2 
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Brian remains frozen for a minute, reliving what he saw and wishing desperately for the pilot... (full context)
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Despite his terror, Brian experiments with the plane’s controls and manages to get it flying level again. He looks... (full context)
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Brian takes the headset from the pilot, even though he is horrified to touch his body,... (full context)
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Brian attempts to answer and explain his situation, but the responses are increasingly broken up and... (full context)
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Frightened and confused, Brian decides to keep the plane flying until it runs out of fuel. Every ten minutes,... (full context)
Chapter 3
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Brian is overcome with fear that he is going to die. The plane glides quickly downward,... (full context)
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All at once, the plane reaches the tree line, and Brian is again sure that he will die. Just in time, he sees the lake again... (full context)
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Underwater and terrified, Brian unbuckles his seatbelt and tears his jacket away from the plane. Free in the water,... (full context)
Chapter 4
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Brian is lost in the memory of the Secret: he is riding bikes with his friend... (full context)
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Back in the present, Brian wakes up and screams, not knowing where he is. He sobs as he remembers the... (full context)
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When he wakes up again, Brian relives the details of the crash and manages to crawl inland from the shore. Lying... (full context)
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Brian tries to sit up and feels that he is unable to think clearly, bouncing between... (full context)
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Overcome with pain from his injuries and the insect bites, Brian looks over his surroundings, trying not to think about the pilot sunken in the lake.... (full context)
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Brian continues to watch the lake, discovering a beaver lodge and countless jumping fish in the... (full context)
Chapter 5
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Brian wakes up and is extremely thirsty. He also realizes that he has been badly sunburned... (full context)
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All of Brian’s thoughts come rushing in at once, so he forces himself to think through the facts... (full context)
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Thinking of home, Brian realizes how hungry he is and wonders how he will find food. At first, he... (full context)
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Brian empties his pockets and finds only some change, a twenty-dollar bill, and a nail clipper.... (full context)
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Preoccupied with thoughts of hamburgers, Brian tries to ignore a nagging realization about his time in the plane. Slowly, he remembers... (full context)
Chapter 6
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Brian thinks back on a time when he and his friend Terry pretended to be lost... (full context)
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Brian sits in the shade of his new shelter and wonders how to find food, feeling... (full context)
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Trying to keep his thoughts focused on the task at hand, Brian walks slowly along the edge of the lake. He sees a flock of birds land... (full context)
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Back at his camp by the ridge, Brian tries and fails to make fire by rubbing sticks together. Giving up, he decides to... (full context)
Chapter 7
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Brian wakes up in terrible pain in the middle of the night, screaming for his mother.... (full context)
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Brian awakens early, again swarmed by mosquitos. He does his best to tidy up his camp... (full context)
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Brian chooses some of the riper berries, which he now calls gut cherries, and carefully washes... (full context)
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Brian explores farther along the lake and discovers a clearing full of raspberry bushes. Brian is... (full context)
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Brian is frozen with fear and watches as the large, beautiful bear studies him with curiosity.... (full context)
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Brian picks raspberries for the rest of the morning without seeing the bear again and then... (full context)
Chapter 8
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Brian wakes up in the night to a growling sound and a terrible, rotting smell. Unable... (full context)
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Brian touches his leg and discovers that he has been attacked by a porcupine, leaving his... (full context)
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After falling asleep again, Brian dreams of his father and then of his friend Terry. In the dream, Brian watches... (full context)
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Brian wakes up in the morning light, again hungry and thirsty. While eating raspberries, he sees... (full context)
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Brian examines the wall where the hatchet hit and finds the harder, darker stone that caused... (full context)
Chapter 9
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After discovering the sparks, Brian is determined to make fire but finds it more difficult than he expected. First, he... (full context)
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After several more failed attempts to get the sparks to catch, Brian thinks back to his school lessons on fire and realizes that the sparks lack oxygen.... (full context)
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Brian smiles at the fire, thinking of it as his friend and guard. He marvels at... (full context)
Chapter 10
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Relieved and joyful to have the fire, Brian spends the rest of the day gathering wood and feeding the flames. Once the sun... (full context)
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Brian wakes up in the night to see that his fire has burned down. He revives... (full context)
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Seeing the eggs, Brian becomes hungrier than ever before and digs them all up, thinking that he had “never... (full context)
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Brian cracks open one of the turtle eggs and eats it raw. Although the taste disgusts... (full context)
Chapter 11
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Encouraged by both the fire and the turtle eggs, Brian discovers that keeping busy prevents him from becoming depressed about the slow arrival of the... (full context)
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Brian spends much of the day gathering firewood. While stopping to drink at the lake, he... (full context)
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Continuing to repeat the phase “things to do,” Brian gathers more wood and builds a signal fire on top of the stone ridge, planning... (full context)
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Brian runs down to the edge of the lake and sees that there are countless small... (full context)
Chapter 12
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Brian stands at the edge of the lake the next day, trying to use his newly... (full context)
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Brian eats a turtle egg for breakfast and then goes out in search of wood for... (full context)
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Eventually, Brian finds a tree with branches that he thinks will work well for a bow. He... (full context)
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Brian takes a burning stick from his fire and runs up to the signal fire that... (full context)
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Desperate, Brian pleads aloud for the plane to come back. It does not, and soon the sound... (full context)
Chapter 13
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Brian stands in the shallows of the lake, watching a fish swim by. The fish is... (full context)
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Slowly turning around, Brian sees a wolf standing up the hill from the lake. It is huge, and he... (full context)
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Brian reflects on how much he has changed in the 47 days that have passed since... (full context)
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Brian also reflects on the many mistakes that he has made since that morning, noting them... (full context)
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After catching his first fish, Brian roasts it over his fire and becomes obsessed with catching and eating more fish. He... (full context)
Chapter 14
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Brian continues to think back on the mistakes that he made in the earlier days of... (full context)
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Brian also thinks back on time spent rebuilding his shelter and planning out ways to keep... (full context)
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Reflecting on all the progress and mistakes he has made along the way, Brian thinks that his goals now are not just about surviving, but about planning ahead to... (full context)
Chapter 15
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Although he marks each passing day on a stone near his shelter, Brian thinks of time in terms of significant events rather than days. In particular, Brian remembers... (full context)
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Brian thinks back on the long, frustrating process of learning to catch foolbirds. Because the birds... (full context)
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Using his newfound ability to see the birds, Brian attempts to shoot them first with his bow and arrows and then his old fish... (full context)
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Through trial and error, Brian figures out how to roast the bird over his fire, turning it on a pointed... (full context)
Chapter 16
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Standing in the lake back in the present, Brian is confident that he will never be the same as he was before his day... (full context)
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Brian spots a foolbird in the brush and carefully hunts it, finally hitting it with an... (full context)
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The moose continues to attack Brian, attempting to push him under the water with her head. He thinks the word “insane”... (full context)
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When he is able to surface again, Brian realizes that his ribs are injured and wonders how badly he’s hurt. Slowly, he moves... (full context)
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Brian slowly makes his way back to his camp, unable to breathe deeply because of the... (full context)
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Brian awakens in the night, still in pain, to a sound that he cannot identify. The... (full context)
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The tornado hits suddenly and throws Brian into the walls of his shelter, reinjuring his ribs and blowing coals from the fire... (full context)
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Lying awake, Brian slowly understands that this time, he feels able to survive his setbacks. He thinks that... (full context)
Chapter 17
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Brian returns to his campsite and surveys the damage. He begins rebuilding by starting a new... (full context)
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Lying by his fire, Brian plans to find food the next day and contemplates the sight of the plane’s tail... (full context)
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In the morning, Brian’s ribs feel much better, and he is happy to discover that the tail of the... (full context)
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Brian decides that the best way to explore the plane will be to build a floating... (full context)
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Realizing that he will need a way to attach the raft to the plane, Brian tears his old windbreaker into strips to make a rope, then sets off pushing the... (full context)
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Watching the sun set that evening, Brian imagines what his mother and father are doing at that moment. He pictures his mother... (full context)
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The next morning, the air is even colder. Bringing the hatchet with him, Brian goes out to his raft and slowly swims it over to the tail of plane,... (full context)
Chapter 18
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Brian continues to move around the tail of the plane on the raft, searching for openings.... (full context)
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Brian is horrified to see that the hatchet is gone, realizing that without it he has... (full context)
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Breathing as deeply as he can, Brian attempts to dive to the bottom of the lake. Even going as deep as he... (full context)
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After recovering his breath, Brian returns to the raft and continues to use the hatchet to cut into the body... (full context)
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Brian hesitates to go inside, worried that the plane could sink. However, he reasons that it... (full context)
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Brian is overcome with fear for several minutes, trying to forget what he saw. Eventually, he... (full context)
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As evening falls, Brian pushes the raft back to shore, getting weaker and weaker as he goes. After he... (full context)
Chapter 19
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The next morning, Brian unpacks the survival pack and marvels at the “unbelievable riches” it contains. He finds sleeping... (full context)
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Brian assembles the rifle and immediately notices how strange it makes him feel. He realizes that... (full context)
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Returning to the pack, Brian finds an electronic device with a long antenna and a switch. He flicks the switch... (full context)
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Finally, Brian looks through the packets of freeze-dried food in the survival kit. There are dozens of... (full context)
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Suddenly, Brian hears an unfamiliar noise, and moments later, a bush plane with floats lands on the... (full context)
Epilogue
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Brian learns that the pilot who rescued him was a fur buyer attracted by the emergency... (full context)
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...plants and animals he encountered in the wilderness, such as the gut cherries and foolbirds, Brian researches them to find out their real names and more about them. He also continues... (full context)
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While Brian’s mother and father are overjoyed to find him alive, they do not get back together,... (full context)