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The big room was warm and smelled of skins and fat. Harpoons hung on the wall, and under the window was a long couch of furs. The kayak hung from the ceiling, and a little stove glowed in the center of the room. Kapugen's house in Kangik looked just like Kapugen's house in seal camp. She was home! (3.247)

Can you imagine how excited Miyax must feel to find her father alive, and in a house similar to the one she remembers from childhood? Pretty darn excited, right? That's what makes the shocking conclusion of the novel so tragic. As it turns out, Miyax isn't home at all.

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