Winter’s Bone Chapters 13-15 Summary & Analysis

Daniel Woodrell

Winter’s Bone

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Winter’s Bone Chapters 13-15 Summary & Analysis

Chapter 13

Ree continues her walk home in the morning. Ice begins to melt in the warmer weather. Ree begins to cry when, crossing a bridge, she realizes that she was staring at the fractured ice of the river below in search of a body.

Chapter 14

Ree wakes up at home that evening. She throws out the failed “basketti” concoction the boys had tried to make for dinner the night before and begins to cook. Blond Milton arrives and interrupts her preparations with a warning that people are saying Ree is asking too many questions. He brings Ree outsides, throws her to the ground roughly, and tells her to get in his truck. Sonny and Harold follow them outside, and Sonny defends his sister. While Blond Milton expresses pride at his son’s courage, he slaps him across the face as punishment for his foolishness in speaking back to his elder.

After a brief argument, in which Ree tells Blond Milton to fight men, not boys, he places her in the truck and drives her out of town to a house that had burned down. At first, Ree thinks that he’s there to take advantage of her, but he dismisses her worries and draws her attention back to the house: which, he claims, is the last place anyone had seen Jessup. Blond Milton suggests that Jessup’s meth lab had exploded, killing him. Although Blond Milton warns her to stay away from the house due to its residual toxicity, Ree ignores him. As she surveys the destruction, she notes that weeds had grown tall throughout the rubble, suggesting that the house had been destroyed long before Jessup had disappeared and that Blond Milton is lying. Ree initially says nothing to Blond Milton, and on the ride home Blond Milton continues the farce and offers to help the family by taking Sonny into his household. As Ree leaves, she yells back to him that he has insulted her intelligence with his lies and refuses to give Sonny into his care.

Chapter 15

After leaving Blond Milton, Ree returns to the house and goes to her room to…

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