The Fencepost Chronicles Characters

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The characters of Silas Ermineskin and Frank Fencepost unify the various stories in The Fencepost Chronicles. As in Kinsella's other North American Indian stories, Silas serves as narrator; here, he recounts Frank Fencepost's deadpan trickery and entrepreneurial shenanigans. As Silas says, teaching Frank to read was a mistake because "it opened up to him about a hundred more ways to get into trouble." In "Beef," for example, after learning that the government's Treaty 11 grants the reserve forty bulls and four thousand cattle, Frank forges Father Alphonse's name to a letter requesting the cattle. A government clerk makes a mistake and instead of shipping four hundred cattle a month, four thousand cattle and forty bulls arrive at the same time. The reserve at Hobbema, the closest town, is inundated with cattle. While most of the Indians either sell the cattle at a profit or butcher them, Frank decides that he...

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Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults
The Fencepost Chronicles from Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.
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