Winter’s Bone Chapters 25-27 Summary & Analysis

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Winter’s Bone

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Winter’s Bone Chapters 25-27 Summary & Analysis

Chapter 25

Ree slowly wakes to the sounds of shovels. She feels herself lifted and thrown onto new ground that smells like a barn. She quickly ascertains that she has lost two teeth and fumbles to find them amongst the straw. Mrs. Thump and the other women speak to each other above her, agreeing that Ree must have inherited her mother’s insanity since she dared to come back to Thump Milton’s house. Ree feels the weight of such accusations and mumbles, “I ain’t crazy, I ain’t crazy” (132) in response. Mrs. Thump reprimands Ree for not listening to her warning to stay away, but Ree replies, “I can’t listen. I can’t just listen” (132). As Ree begins to move, she realizes that other members of the community are also in the barn listening to their conversation.

Megan approaches Ree and sadly asks what they are going to do with her. When Ree rather flippantly retorts that they could either kill her or help her, Megan sorrowfully tells her, “I tried to help you some the other day, and this is what come of that” (133). Megan leaves Ree’s side as Thump Milton enters the barn and approaches Ree as she lies on the floor.

Thump Miller stands over Ree, and she observes the youthful movement of his aged frame alongside his trenchant eyes and angled face. He asks Ree to speak her piece. Embarrassed, Ree realizes that she is lying in her own waste and vomits before summarizing her situation for Thump Milton. After she asks for help to prove her that her father is death—not necessarily who killed him or why—Thump Milton leaves the barn with Mrs. Thump and several others.

As she lies on the barn floor, she wonders if she’s lying in the same position as her father did. Her ruminations are interrupted when Little Arthur notes the appearance of Teardrop’s truck. Teardrop enters the barn and ignores Little Arthur as he searches for Ree. Teardrop asks the crowd who hit Ree, and Mrs. Thump evasively replies, “No man here touched that crazy girl” (136), before confessing that she and…

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