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In David Quammens Walking Out David enters the woods of Montana as a boy and leaves a man The tragedy that happens to him and his father will change his life forever When the boy and his father first arrived in Montana David was not at all happy to be there He did not have the best time the year before and didnt want to go As soon as he got to Montana all he could think about was Evergreen Park and his life at home in Chicago The sheltered life he had there was so different from the rugged outdoors of Montana The boy was babying himself saying he could not sleep in the hut on the mountain and asked his father to bring a tent David is a young boy and has not fully understood people at this point in his life His father talks to him much and many of the things his father say to him do not penetrate he doesnt care much about the cabin or about his Grandfather or whatever else his Dad is trying to tell him His father tries to pour out his soul to him telling him someday youll have a son and youll want so badly for him to know who you are you could cry When David first hears this it does not make much impact but as the story goes on and he grows it means more and more to him This incident embarassed him more than anything else Getting your hand practically eaten off and watching your father die would change any person David in Walking Out becomes a man He was faced with the advisory of being stuck in the woods alone with a wounded man on his back He delt with the problem stopping at night and building a fire to help keep his father warm Cooking cubes of cub fat to feed his dying parent building beds in
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