The River Setting & Symbolism

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Rescuers' Note

Brian leaves a note for would-be rescuers at the shelter where he and Derek were living.

Notebooks

Derek makes notes in his notebooks about Brian's skills in surviving in the wilderness.

Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes attack Brian and Derek mercilessly their first night at Necktie Lake and again while they are traveling down river on the raft.

Pocket Knives

Brian and Derek each have a pocket knife that they use to survive in the wilderness.

Briefcase

Derek keeps a waterproof briefcase with him on the wilderness trek in order to keep notes on Brian's actions.

Emergency Radio

Derek insists on keeping with them an emergency radio that is designed for use outdoors. However, the radio is struck by lightning and no longer works, leaving Brian alone with an injured Derek.

Hazelnuts

Brian and Derek find some hazelnuts their second day on Necktie Lake.

Berries

Brian and Derek eat...

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