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Quote #7

I tried to drag the devilfish out of the water, but my strength was gone. I did not even go back to the reef for my canoe, though I did take the shaft and the head of the spear, which had cost me much labors, and the sinew line. (19.37)

Though Karana kills the devilfish, she cannot drag his body from the water. She also ends up hurting herself. What does she learn from this battle?

Quote #8

My spear stood beside the mouth of the cave within easy reach. The girl was not more than ten paces from me and with one movement I could have picked up the spear and thrown it. Why I did not throw the spear, I do not know, for she was one of the Aleuts who had killed my people on the beach of Coral Cove. (21.17)

Instead of taking revenge on the young Aleut girl, Karana holds herself back from attacking. The two eventually become friends. How is the relationship similar to Karana's experience with Rontu? How is it different from the relationship between Chief Chowig and Captain Orlov?

Quote #9

The hungers left many wounded otter behind them. Some floated in and died on the shore and others I killed with my spear since they were suffering and could not live. But I found a young otter than was not badly hurt. (23.1)

What is Karana's relationship to the otter who gets hurt by the hunters? Does she hurt him even more or does she help him?

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