Study Guide

Snow Falling on Cedars Chapter 8

By David Guterson

Chapter 8

  • This chapter picks up with Ishmael's memories of Hatsue, which are running through his head as he watches her now in the courtroom. Apparently, in addition to the childhood kiss, they struck up a romance as teens.
  • We then learn about the odd jobs Ishmael held on the island when he was a kid and get more details about his romance with Hatsue.
  • Apparently, they used to meet in the hollowed-out base of a cedar tree that had been a hiding place for them as children.