The Last Letter Home - Study Guide Part 2, Chapter XV and XVI Summary & Analysis

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In Chapter XV: The Astrakhan Apples Are Ripe, Kristina knows Karl for the first time in three days when the sun rises. Her breathing short and rapid, she tells him she dreamt she was back in Sweden, swinging on the ox thong she used to put up in the barn. When she asks for water, Karl feels her skin and realizes she is feverish, but he has used all of the medicine. As Kristina begs Karl to hold her because she is falling out of the swing, he assures her she is safe. Kristina's dream changes from joyfully swinging in her father's barn to being flung into the sea from a ship crossing the ocean, and she wonders why Karl does not help her since he wanted this and, as his wife, she must obey him. Kristina must survive...

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