Snow Falling on Cedars - Chapter 13 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 13 Summary

The story moves to December 7, 1941 when Hatsue and her family are leaving the Buddhist temple on the island. As the family walks out into the open air, someone runs up and gives everyone there the news that Pearl Harbor was bombed. Though everyone is stunned and refuses to believe it at first, the Imadas, along with all the other families, run home and receive confirmation.

With the United States suddenly at war with Japan, San Piedro is gripped with a frantic fear of an attack on their own island. Armed men post themselves around Amity Harbor and fishing boats patrol the waters in order to be ready for a Japanese attack. Even Hatsue's father joins the hysteria when he pulls out his shotgun and checks the skies for planes. It is a sleepless night on San Piedro Island.

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