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Williwaw

Williwaw

September and Ivan lived in the woods their whole lives. They usually go out on their boat to go fishing or to get some fresh air. If that piece of nature did not exist they would both have very different lives. They could be living in town across the bay and live in a house where they do not have to worry about bears breaking in. If they did they would not be as hard working or independent. Their dad would not leave to fish because he can get a job. Ivan is usually the irresponsible one,”Ten dollars’ worth of quarters and two chocolate shakes later Ivan followed his long shadow down the harbor ramp.” and September is the one who cleans up after his mess,”It’s your brother who made you go when he toasted the radio set."


Ivan and September go to the ocean a lot. In fact, their mother died from a severe storm called the Williwaw. They have been scared of the storm ever since. Ivan is the only one who’s frustrated about having to work everyday,”I’d fly to town, or Seattle, or Seattle - anywhere but this hole in the woods.” September feels like talking about something other than fishing,” We just talk about boats and fish.”


They also do not like when animals break into their cabin. They have a pet bear that broke into their cabin because September left food out. “ Oh please tell me our little bear hasn’t come inside.” “ We have to close the bear boards.” Their neighbor, Mr. Berger tried to shoot it with his rifle but he missed. The bear means a lot to September and Ivan.


They hate to go to their Aunt Elda’s farm. They usually go there as punishment because they have to work harder than they ever did before,” You’ll be up before the crows every day to feed the chickens, gather eggs, and slop the pigs with Uncle Spitz’s porcupine stew if you can get it away from him.” They also work hard at their home, “ We got all our work done and dug eighty dollars worth of clams in our spare time.”

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