Chapter Two Summary
After Masenier dies, Papa's health continues to decline. His lungs are so weak he can barely maneuver around the house, leaving all the outdoor work, from plowing the fields to cutting firewood, to his daughters. With Carolyn now being the youngest child, she's spoiled by her sisters the way they used to spoil Masenier. Rosie, the eldest daughter, takes over the majority of the housework, claiming that since she's the eldest, she shouldn't have to work in the fields. This leaves all the outdoor work for Julie and Lou, although Lou isn't as skilled with an axe and isn't as strong as Julie is. When they need more firewood after a terrible snowstorm and the snow is too deep for the horse to wade through, Lou and Julie cut down a tree, chopped it into pieces, and dragged it on the sled themselves.
Not only do most of the...