Study Guide

The Poisonwood Bible Book 4, Chapter 3

By Barbara Kingsolver

Book 4, Chapter 3


  • On the night before the big hunt, there's a big dance party. With drums!
  • Early in the morning, the hunt is on. Here's the plan: the villagers surround a wide circle of grassland with a ring of fire. (It burns, burns, burns.)
  • As the fire spreads inward, the animals will have no choice but to jump through the fire and get shot dead by the male hunters. And Leah.
  • The women will go around, gather charred insects and small animals, and strip larger ones of their meat.
  • It's barbaric to some (*cough* Rachel *cough*), but Adah observes that "all animals kill to survive, and we [humans] are animals" (4.3.12).