A Walk in the Woods - Chapter 21 Summary & Analysis

Bill Bryson
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Chapter 21 Summary

The loggers take them to the town of Milo, where they book a night at a guesthouse run by a cheerful old woman named Joan Bishop, who calls them boys and makes them iced tea and lemonade. She tells them that they are the first trail dropouts she remembers housing but also reminds them that the wilderness will still be there when they get ready to try again.

Chapter 21 Analysis

As all good journey stories do, the adventure of Bryson and Katz comes to a close, leaving them transformed but ready to move on with their lives. This transformation is a complex one. They are essentially the same people they were when they set out in Georgia, plus a few wilderness skills. They are also now capable in ways they weren't.

This is perhaps the nature of the changes that occur within them...

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