Winter’s Bone Chapters 4-6 Summary & Analysis

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Winter’s Bone

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Winter’s Bone Chapters 4-6 Summary & Analysis

Chapter 4

Ree nurses her brothers, who have developed colds, with whiskey and honey. Sonya, Blond Milton’s wife, comes to the house with a box of food and promises that she will ask someone to replenish their supply of wood. As Ree receives the food, she observes Sonya’s open dislike of her mother, due to her mother’s affair with Blond Milton that produced Sonny. Sonya inquires about Baskin’s presence at the house earlier in the afternoon and if Ree had any information about her father. Ree only responds that she would not have told the deputy anything even if she had information. As she prepares to leave, Sonya wonders aloud why the deputy talked to Ree a week before Jessup was required to be at court. After Sonya’s departure, Ree and her brothers sort through the box of food. Ree promises to prepare deer stew for the night if the boys watch and learn how to make it as well.

Chapter 5

Ree begins her search for her father by visiting her intimidating Uncle Teardrop, who lives down the creek. Uncle Teardrop received his epithet from the three tattooed teardrops falling from his scarred face, which were rumored to signify three gruesome acts he had accomplished in prison. As Ree approaches the house, Victoria, Uncle Teardrop’s wife, greets her. Victoria was once Uncle Teardrop’s third wife and is currently his fifth; she is also Ree’s favorite Dolly woman besides her mother.

Ree enters their house and notes the gun resting beside a bag of marijuana and meth on the kitchen table. Uncle Teardrop overhears Ree’s account of her situation to Victoria and tells her that she should not look for her father because “where a man’s at ain’t necessarily for you to know” (24). Ree persists in her questioning, despite Victoria’s attempts to change the topic and Uncle Teardrop’s intimidating show of playing with his gun. When Ree suggests that she visit the neighboring town of Hawkfall, where the Dollys have distant kin, Uncle Teardrop tells her that it would be dangerous to visit that isolationist town. Despite Ree’s assertion that Uncle Teardrop…

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