Walk Two Moons
by; Sharon Creech
Mrs. Cadaver is often misjudged because of her actions and her physical appearance. She is the lady with the wild red hair. When she met Sal, Mrs. Cadaver "nearly fell over herself" (pg. 10) trying to be nice to her. Phoebe Winterbottom is Mrs. Cadaver's neighbor, and one day, when Phoebe is walking Sal home after having dinner, she begins to describe Mrs. Cadaver as being as strong as an ox. "I've seen her chop down trees and lug the remains across her backyard. Do you know what I think? I think maybe she killed Mr. Cadaver and chopped him up and buried him in the backyard." ( pg 32 ). Also, Phoebe explains the problem with Mrs. Cadaver's name. "You know what cadaver means. It mean dead body," said Pheobe (pg 22). This is one of the reasons Mrs Cadaver is judged as being a murderer. Pheobe thinks that she killed Mr. Cadaver and chopped him up and buried him in the backyard. Sal also thinks that Mrs. Cadaver is trying to get too close to her father. In the end, it turns out that Mrs. Cadaver is a kind hearted and generous person. First of all, her husband died when a drunk driver hit him. Mrs. Cadaver happened to be the nurse on duty when they brought her husband to the hospital where he died. She was also sitting next to Sal's mom on the bus crash that took her life. "They were strangers to each other when they got on that bus, but by the time they got off, six days later, they were friends." (pg 270) Sal's dad was holding onto this friendship with Mrs. Cadaver because she had held onto his wifes hand during the last moments of her life.