The Last Letter Home - Part 3, Chapter XXII and XXIII Summary & Analysis

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Part 3, Chapter XXII and XXIII Summary

In Chapter XXII: The Farmer and the Oak, Karl's four son grow into men, and they speak English fluently while Karl forgets more and more English and reverts to speaking Swedish, pretending not to notice how it embarrasses his children. The new language expels the old, even in how Karl's children call their home Nilsson Settlement rather than New Duvemala. With his sons grown, Karl can wage war against the oak stand as he has planned for years. He hooks his team of horses to the largest tree and begins clearing the last piece of his land; his farm will be completed once the oak grove is cleared. Karl and his son work on clearing the oak grove through the autumn, and by late November, only one oak, one of the largest, remains. As the tree falls, Karl 's...

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