Freedom (novel) - 2001: The Fiend of Washington Summary & Analysis

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This chapter is narrated by an unknown third person narrator. The narrator begins to tell the reader about Walter’s childhood. His grandfather was an immigrant from Sweden who treated his son, Gene, badly. He and his wife eventually died in a fiery car crash. Gene, Walter’s father was quite the drunk and favored his other sons over Walter. Gene eventually decided to sell his father’s lake house (the same one Walter eventually owns). Walter suggested that Gene could make Mitch, the oldest son, pay rent so they did not have to sell the property. Gene confronted Mitch about it and Mitch refused. Later, Walter suggested that he go to the lake house and work on fixing it up. His parents agreed. While on the property, Walter began to observe animals and truly appreciate nature.

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