| Quote #1
The Russian grasped his beard. "Since the sea is not yours, why do I have to give you any part?"
The two leaders, Chief Chowig and Captain Orlov, negotiate for the otters on the island. In their view, nature is something that can be bought and sold. How does this idea get them into trouble? How is Karana's view of things different?
| Quote #2
It was these creatures that the Aleuts hunted for their pelts.
The Aleuts leave the bodies of the otter all over the island's shore. This is the description of the beach after they've skinned the animals: the waves are red with blood. What does this color mean in the novel? What does the Aleuts' treatment of the otter foreshadow?
| Quote #3
Many of our tribe went to the cliff each night to count the number killed during the day. They counted the dead otter and thought of the beads and other things that each pelt meant. But I never went to the cove and whenever I saw the hunters with their long spears skimming over the water, I was angry, for these animals were my friends. It was fun to see them playing or sunning themselves among the kelp. It was more fun than the thought of beads to wear around my neck. (3.5)
The members of Karana's tribe think of the otter pelts as something to be traded for beads and pretty things. But Karana has a different view of the animals. Why does she see the otters as her buddies? How do you view the otters?