1. The first relationship the reader witnesses is the one between Matt and his father. Describe their relationship.
It is apparent that Matt's father cares for him very much. He has patiently showed Matt how to build a solid cabin. He also speaks of his leaving Matt in a way that makes his love and concern for him clear. Matt ponders everything his father says, and he reminisces as soon as his father leaves. Everything in the cabin reminds him of something his father did or said. They have a relationship of mutual love and respect.
2. In what ways does Matt reveal his maturity in this first chapter?
Matt is proud of the cabin he has help build and looks forward to sharing it with his family. He reviews everything his father has taught him about life in the wilderness--how to be frugal with bullets, how to be mindful with the fireplace, and how to hunt. This mental review of things suggests his maturity; he is alone but does not resort to childish thoughts or activities.
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