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Many authors today try to take the reader on some sort of a journey by reading his or her story but few succeed The majority of tales written in the last 100 years appear to be hackneyed and dull However once in a great while there is an exception Such is the case with Gina Berriaults story The Stone Boy In this story Berriault writes such an enrapturing story that the reader is taken in a sense to the farm where the story takes place Berriault accomplishes this difficult task by her use of description and the realistic interactions between a family after a terrible tragedy The reader can either take the death of Eugie one of two ways-an accident or a blessing for Arnold In fact the shooting of Eugie was a terrible accident performed by a regretful little boy In the first few lines of the story the reader can get a clear sense of the relationship between Arnold and Eugie Arnold was six years younger than Eugie and the relationship verified this fact Arnold was always the weaker and the subordinate Eugie was a typical older brother-complete with taunting and when necessary protection for his younger brother Arnold admired Eugie more than anyone and when the shotgun went off Arnold was so devastated that he denied the fact that he had even shot his brother He thought that if continued to pick peas Eugie would get up and tease him for being such a fool However this was not the case Later on when Arnold told his family that he killed Eugie they looked at him as a cold-blooded killer They did not realize that Arnold was more devastated than anyone was and they overlooked the fact that he was only nine He would have to live with the fact that he had shot his brother his hero for the rest of his life Also the fact that Arnold denied
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