The Great Santini - Study Guide Chapter 8-14 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 8 – Bull is a man incapable of relaxation. He always wants his family to be at the top of their game. Lillian gently chides him that they are a family, not an outfit. Bull, nevertheless, tells his children that on Saturday morning their rooms will be clean, and they will patiently wait outside their rooms for inspection. They will not be dismissed until the rooms are cleaned to his satisfaction. They will also tend to chores and help their mother in any way, shape, or form that is needed.

As the kids file up to their rooms, Lillian tells Bull that she is proud of him and the way that he has controlled his drinking and his temper. Lillian and Bull look out through the window as Bull finishes breakfast. They see sailboats racing down the river. Bull then takes to the newspapers. He cannot understand why...

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