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Accounts Settled In the book Accounts Settled there is only one major character named Gordon Gordon is seventeen six feet tall and has the beginning of a beard The main setting is in a forest-filled valley that is a mile from Gordons home The story does not give a specific date but the most logical time this story takes place is in the winter during the early 1900s The inciting incident in the story is when Gordons dad came down with flu-pneumonia and Gordon must take his place in taking care of the trapline that he had set up in the forest The conflict of the story is internal and external because Gordon had to face himself and nature The rising action started when Gordon had a sense of fear as he went into the valley The the porcupine stole his food and Gordon was going to kill it but remembered an old woodsman tale that its bad luck to ill a porcupine Gordon then goes to bed hungry and it took him awhile to fall asleep He later wakes up to find a cougar ready to pounce on him The cougar dose not strike yet because it is waiting for Gordon to move Gordon knows better and stayed in the same position for what seemed like hours Suddenly the porcupine returns to look for more food and this disrupts the cougar The climax is when Gordon quickly reaches for his gun and shoots the cougar The resolution is when Gordon cries the final tears of his boyhood and he is finally a man This writer used suspense in his story many times For instance his eyes held the boy unwinkingly as he waited in the fiendish way of cats for the moment when the man must stir or make an attempt to escape the moment when his ingrained fear of man would be swallowed up by the rising tide of his blood-lust and
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