Riddley Walker - Chapter 3-5 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 3. Riddley Walker returns to telling of the day his dad died in Chapter 3, saying they put the dead dog's head on the pole at the gate house. Lorna Elswint and the children nearby discuss the myth of the dog people, with Nimbel saying they throw a white shadow. Lorna then relates the story of "Why the Dog Wont Show Its Eyes."

In this story, which Riddley relates for the reader, "back way way back befor peopl got clevver they had the 1st knowing" (Chapter 2, p. 14). A man and woman are squatting by a fire when a dog appears. The man and woman lure the dog to them and see in its eyes the light shining from the moon. This leads the man and woman to seek more enlightenment and they find a goat and look into its eyes by the moonlight. Soon the man...

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