Study Guide

Snow Falling on Cedars Chapter 22

By David Guterson

Chapter 22

  • Despite the fact that the lights are out, because it's still daytime, Judge Fielding is up for proceeding. However, since Susan Heine was the prosecution's last witness and Hooks has no desire to redirect, Fielding calls a lunch recess and says that they'll evaluate whether to proceed with the trial today when they reconvene at 1 p.m.
  • He also asks that Hooks and Gudmundsson meet him in chambers, where they then discuss logistics for the jurors at the hotel in light of the power outage.
  • Back in the courtroom, Ishmael is hanging out, thinking, but the bailiff Ed Soames orders him out.
  • Ishmael then goes to his office to try to use the phone, but it's out (and he then realizes he won't be able to print the paper, either, with the electricity off). So, he starts formulating a plan to get the paper printed elsewhere and check in with his mother to make sure she's okay.
  • He goes to Tom Torgerson's filling station and arranges to have someone go put chains on his car. He also runs some other errands, getting supplies and information related to the storm and grabbing lunch. Then he returns to the courthouse.
  • Once they are back in session at 1 p.m., Fielding announces that the trial is adjourning until 8 a.m. the next day.
  • Ishmael leaves, loading up his car with all his supplies and heading out toward the coast guard station (where he's planning to do some research for a story about the storm).
  • On the way up, he comes across Hisao and Hatsue stranded on the side of the road after their car had wiped out in the treacherous conditions. Ishmael gives them a ride home.
  • Hatsue isn't terribly friendly and keeps her distance at first. However, at one point she tells Ishmael that he should write about how unfair the trial has been.
  • Ishmael kind of balks at using the paper to rail against unfairness, suggesting that "unfair" is kind of the default state of things. Hatsue disagrees, and the two part from each other annoyed. However, Ishmael is also pleased, because at least Hatsue talked to him. Way to keep your eye on the most important stuff happening, Ishmael.