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Into the Wild Chapter Summary & Analysis - Chapter 12, Annandale Summary

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Chapter 12, Annandale Summary and Analysis

Chapter 12 opens with a quote from Thoreau's Walden about the insincerity of riches. This passage was found highlighted in Chris's personal effects.

When Chris graduates high school, he presents his father with a birthday present of a very expensive telescope. On this occasion Chris makes a tearful and emotional speech about his gratitude and respect for his father despite their differences. After this, Chris leaves on his first solo adventure. Walt and Billie don't contest Chris's trip, but give him a Texaco credit card and ask him to call home every three days. Initially Chris honors this agreement, calling home from Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and the Pacific coast. The phone calls taper off and Chris is not heard from again until he arrives home two days before he is due to start college. Carine recalls how thin Chris looked. Apparently he had...

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