Downright Dencey - Book III, Chapters 14-19 Summary & Analysis

Caroline Dale Snedeker
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Book III, Chapters 14-19 Summary

In chapter fourteen, the meeting between Dencey and Sammie when Dencey throws a stone and hits the boy is recounted.

Dencey and Sammie meet at their spot to begin the reading lesson. It is raining and windy making the lesson almost impossible. Sammie suggests going to Brown's barn, an abandoned shelter that will protect them from the elements. Upon arrival Sammie is struck with the fact that he has no idea how to act around the proper young Dencey. "He was shy, resentful, ashamed and immeasurably stupid. He had no defense except the small boy's - trying to be funny" (Chap. 14, p. 88).

Sammie acts out until it is clear that Dencey means business. Sammie begins to learn letters and words. Dencey is impressed with Sammie's progress. At times, Sammie becomes frustrated and wants to give up. However...

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