Chapter 1* The narrator of the story is a boy named Ike who is 16 years old at the beginning of the story. * Ike has been hunting with a group of men in the Mississippi wilderness for six years. * The timing of the story is in the years immediately after the Civil War. * Old Ben is the bear that the men hunt every November. * As a child, Ike used to watch the men go out to hunt but this year he joins them. * The hunting party includes Ike's cousin, McCaslin, Major deSpain, Boon, Sam Fathers and General Compson. * One morning Sam and Ike are out together and come across Old Ben's paw mark. * Ike feels fragile and small in the power of the wilderness and its creatures. * Sam spends a lot of time teaching Ike how to have patience when learning to shoot his gun and hunt. * The following year...
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