Barkskins - VII. broken sticks (1825-1840), Chapter 49 - 53 Summary & Analysis

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Jinot and Amboise Sel continue to work in any lumber camp that will hire them. New inventions, such as advanced saws and gaslights, are constantly popping up, and the steam engine is being used for travel. One year Jinot travels to Penobscot Bay, but the house has been sold and belongs to distant relatives. He turns back to the lumber caps.

One afternoon, when the brothers are working in the forest, a long ridge catches fire and spreads too quickly. Jinot lives by jumping into the river, but he realizes his legs have been badly burned. When he wakes up, he is in a wikuom in a place called Indiantown, being taken care of by a man named Jim Sillyboy, a “renowned burn healer” (389). Jim explains the fire and gives Jinot strong medicine. Jinot spends the winter in Indiantown...

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