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Silent Snow, Secret Snow Summary & Study Guide

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Aiken divides "Silent Snow, Secret Snow" into four distinct sections. In section I, the story introduces Paul Hasleman, age twelve, a student in Mrs. Buell's sixth-grade classroom. Paul is distracted, however, by his intense memory of an event that occurred several days before. He thinks about the globe that figures in the day's geography lesson and hears Deirdre, the girl who sits in front of him, awkwardly answer a question about the definition of the term "equator." A few days earlier, Paul had the impression that snow had fallen; the sound of the postman's feet on the cobblestones outside his house suddenly sounded muffled. When he got up and looked out, however, the cobblestones were bare and there was no snow. Yet in his own mind, Paul is mysteriously aware of a "secret snow" that signals his growing sense of detachment from the real world.

Paul recalls that...

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