By : Gary Paulson
" As he embraced the forest, his skill at hunting grew. Actually, the forest embraced him, took him in, made him, as the french said , a courier du bios, a woods runner." Samuel matures and embraces his love for the woods in this book, which in fact keeps him alive which is why these details of his and the woods' connections are so important.
"For the first time in his life, Samuel wanted to kill a man" This new instinct was only given to him by the cruelty of the British to his parents and it stays with him the whole book, again showing what war can do to you not only physically but mentally.