The Son - Chapter 4 Summary & Analysis

Philipp Meyer
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In Chapter Four, Eli’s father has left him and his brother alone to guard their homestead while he helps a neighbor try to locate his stolen horses. Eli describes himself as a man of the woods, able to track and kill an animal as well as his father. Martin, Eli’s brother, can shoot as well, but prefers books and cities. Eli suspects there is some sort of unusual love between his brother and sister, but never sees anything unacceptable. His sister, however, treats him like a dog.

Eli indicates as he looks back that his mother had known what would happen on that day. He remembers being ordered by his sister to get all the butter and grape preserves from the family’s springhouse. When he brings these items, his mother asks him to catch some fish and a pheasant if possible...

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