The Summer of the Swans Setting & Symbolism

Betsy Byars
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Porch Steps

The front steps of the house where Charlie lives with his sisters and aunt has footsteps worn into the third step from Charlie shuffling his feet when he is upset.

The Lake

Not far from the Godfreys' home is a large lake the children can walk to by themselves.

The Swans

In the nearby lake, some swans have come to stay for the summer that Wanda believes came from the local university. Sara believes that Charlie has gotten lost on his way to see the swans.

The Vacant Field

Several houses down from the Godfrey home, there is a vacant field that Sara often uses as a shortcut to the lake. While crossing this field, Charlie becomes lost.

The Woods

Woods surround the valley where the Godfreys live, and Sara believes they look as though they might swallow up the whole valley.

The Ravine

When Sara...

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