The Sweet Hereafter - Chapter 4 - Nicholle Burnell Summary & Analysis

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Nichole Burnell is a fourteen-year-old girl who survives the school bus accident but suffers a spinal cord injury causing her to have no feeling in her legs and to need a wheelchair. Mitchell Stephens would like to use Nichole’s testimony to show the jury how her life has changed for the worse because of the accident. Before her injury, Nichole was a beautiful eighth grader, a smart girl who had been voted the Harvest Queen. After the accident, Nichole confines herself to her room at home and refuses to go to her classroom, doing all of her schoolwork from home and avoiding old friends. Nichole carries a secret: her father used to sexually abuse her regularly before the accident. Now that she is wheelchair bound, her father avoids touching her at all and Nichole feels empowered with a new vigor to exact...

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