Pilgrim at Tinker Creek - Study Guide Chapter 13, Section 1 Summary & Analysis

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Dillard spies a copperhead, while she is walking at the quarry one evening. She decides that the snake is aware of her presence, so she decides to wait out the snake, as it's in her intended path. Dillard has often encountered copperheads while out walking. However, she has never seen the only other poisonous snake in the area, the timber rattler. This area of the country is replete with both snake species. Snake specialists often come there to study both the poisonous and harmless snakes.

Dillard continues to study the copperhead on the stone in front of her, while thinking of snake stories. A mosquito alights on the snake and proceeds to draw blood out of it. The insect continues its feed for several minutes, and after it departs, Dillard also leaves. Dillard muses about the fact that life seems to be a series of...

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