Study Guide

Tomorrow, When the War Began Chapter 16

By John Marsden

Chapter 16

  • Still reading through the Hermit's papers, Lee and Ellie find that he wasn't convicted of murdering his wife and son at all—gossipers drove him away from town, not the law.
  • On the way back, Ellie is moved to follow her gut and makes out with Lee. When they reach the clearing, they notice Homer and Fi must have had a make-out sesh as well because they are acting different.
  • After Fi, Homer and Ellie go up to the Land Rover to get more supplies and hide the vehicle better, then Fi and Homer stay behind to wait for the scouts to return from town while Ellie heads to camp at midnight alone loaded down with stuff.
  • In no real rush to get back to camp, Ellie thinks and thinks about the stuff that she hasn't had time to think about lately: human-nature, nature-nature, and the difference between a criminal and a saint.
  • Thinking this much gives Ellie a headache but she keeps following her train of thought until she realizes that she doesn't feel certain her actions are always right—and it's because of this uncertainty that she stands a chance at being a good person: She is reflective and "evil" people aren't. They always feel righteous.
  • When she finally gets back to camp, Ellie finds Lee asleep and crawls into his tent to sleep with