The Day when the Sun Came Out
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Where was the family going?
They were heading out West to the mountains.
What would they have to cross?
They would cross the prairie.
How many people started the journey?
At that time, how old was the narrator?
11 Years Old
How did they travel?
They had a one-horse wagon. The boy (narrator) and his father walked as did his sisters until they got too tired to walk and then they'd ride in the wagon.
How did the narrator's grandparents travel West?
In a Conestoga
To what family member were they going, and what type of business did that person run?
The narrator's father thought he had an uncle who ran a small sawmill.
How long had they been traveling when they met Mary?
Why was Mary alone?
She had run away, but she wouldn't tell why.
With what type of group did Mary prefer to travel?
She preferred to travel with a family so she could help to look after the children.
How old was Mary?
What reasons did Pa give for not wanting Mary along?
They were nearly out of food and were completely out of money.
Once permitted to go, what did Mary do, and how Pa treat her?
She looked after the girls, and their father wouldn't speak to her.
What went on in the prairie?
Usually the wind blew constantly on the prairie, which caused and and dust to keep them moving at a slow pace.
What went on in the mountains?
It often rained in the mountains, which made traveling hard too.
According to the homesteaders, how long had it rained?
All summer long (A Beach Boys song from 1964)
In what mental state were the homesteaders?
Lugubrious, scared and desperate
Why did Pa travel twice as far as the wagon?
He tried to hunt for game (food).
For what kind of food had they hoped?
What did Pa bring back on one occasion?
Porcupine, which was fat meat and good tasting. Mary cooked it over a fire.
Why did they have to stop at an old, abandoned cabin?
The horse was worn out and needed to regain its strength.
At the cabin, how much food remained?
A few potatoes and some cornmeal
What kind of food did Pa try to catch, and what happened?
He tried to catch from the creek, but he gave up after half a day. The narrator never cared to eat fish from that time onward.
Where was Pa intending to go, and how long would it take to go there and back?
He was going to the town where his uncle John lived and figured to return in 4 days.
How long had Mary been with the family before Pa seemed to ever recognize her?
Why did Pa choose to place responsibility upon Mary?
He thought her age gave her more experience and knowledge, making her a smarter choice.
What should they do if they feel as if they are starving?
Kill the horse and eat it.
What did Pa take with him?
A blanket and the rifle
Why did they have to keep a fire going in the cabin?
Because the cabin was moldy and damp, they kept the fire to keep the wood dry.
What happened on the third night after Pa left?
A bear spooked the horse, and it ran away.
What happened on the fourth day?
The narrator went searching for the horse and might have walked 15 miles. They also ate the last of the grub (food).
What happened on the fifth day?
Mary went looking for the horse, and the narrator's sisters cried while huddling in a blanket by the fire. They were scared and hungry. The narrator would occasionally go outside and call for Mary.
Why couldn't the narrator cry?
He was a big boy of 11.
At what part of the day did Mary return?
It was near dark.
What did Mary have, and what did it look like?
She had a big white mushroom that looked like a pumpkin.
What did Mary have on her shoulder, and how did it get there?
She had scars because the people she used to live with had beaten her.
What was the only thing in the grub box?
Empty dishes and Porcupine Grease
Why did the girls come from their bed?
They came because Mary started cooking a big slice of the mushroom.
What made the girls retreat to the bed?
Mary spoke in such a harsh tone that they listened to her.
At first, how did the narrator feel when Mary wouldn't share?
He felt that he could've shot her for not sharing.
Why wouldn't Mary share the food that night?
She used herself to experiment to see if the mushroom was poisonous or not.
Who didn't eat the next morning?
Mary, but she cooked slices for the other three.
What game did they play?
After Mary told stories, they played "Who's Got the Thimble?"
What eventually became of Mary?
She married the narrator's father and became his stepmother.
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