Salvage the Bones Chapter 2 Summary & Analysis

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Salvage the Bones Chapter 2 Summary & Analysis

Chapter 2— The Second Day: Hidden Eggs

Esch wakes up to hear Skeetah hammering; he is building kennels for China’s pups. Skeetah shows Esch the puppies and tells her, while musing over the miracle of life, something that he was never impressed by before, that “them puppies is real” (21).

Esch goes off looking for eggs hidden by their hens, in the way that she learned from her mother, “by touch, not by sight” (22). She likes to search for eggs because she “can wander off by an answer” (23).

She cooks the eggs she finds and takes a plate out to Sketch and he feeds them to China. He shows Esch how the puppies are nursing from China and Esch leaves to vomit. She feels like Skeet is watching her, and he “touches back…how he touches China” (26).

Skeetah, Big Henry and Esch head into town to get some dog food. The store is packed with people gathering supplies for the hurricane. Skeetah wants the most expensive kind of dog food. Their dad bought the generic dog food one time and it was not good enough for China. Skeetah does odd jobs to earn extra money to buy the more expensive food for China. Esch steals a pregnancy test and they leave the store.

On their drive back, they come across a traffic accident; a woman is lying in the grass unconscious and another man is on a cell phone with 911. Big Henry offers to help and the 911 operator asks him to stay with the couple until help arrives. Skeetah protests because he needs to get back to China. She doesn’t know how to take care of the puppies yet and she’s hungry and nursing. He thinks that the distraught couple…

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