The River Between Us by Richard PeckThe year is 1861. Civil war is imminent and Tilly Pruitts brother, Noah, is eager to go and fight on the side of the North. With her father long gone, Tilly, her sister, and their mother struggle to make ends meet and hold the dwindling Pruitt family together. Then one night a mysterious girl arrives on a steamboat bound for St. Louis. Delphine is unlike anyone the small river town has even seen. Mrs. Pruitt agrees to take Delphine and her dark, silent traveling companion in as boarders. No one in town knows what to make of the two strangers, and so the rumors fly. Is Delphines companion a slave? Could they be spies for the South? Are the Pruitts traitors? A masterful tale of mystery and war, and a breathtaking portrait of the lifelong impact one person can have on another.
The River Between Us - Part 1, The Model T Ford Touring Car, 1916 Summary & Analysis
It's the summer of , and year-old Howard Leland Hutchings, his father, Dr. William Hutchings, and his 5-year-old twin brothers, Raymond and Earl, make the trip from St. Louis across the Mississippi River to Dr. They're going to visit Dr. Hutchings' parents and aunt and uncle, who all live together in a house on a hill called the Devil's Backbone. Which, yeah, creepy. When they get there, Howard's father spends most of his time with his Aunt Delphine, who is bedridden and dying.
This novel for young people is set within the historical context of the American Civil War. It tells the story of the unlikely friendship that develops between two white teenage girls, the sophisticated, Southern Delphine and the farm-living, Northern Tilly. As the narrative explores the social, personal and physical repercussions of both the war and of the two girls' very different values, it also explores issues relating to racism, the necessity for transcending prejudice, and the relationship between past and present. Chapter 1 - Narrator Howard Leland Hutchings describes his excitement at learning that he and his younger twin brothers would be driving with their father from St. The only thing he knows about that family, Howard comments in Browse all BookRags Study Guides.
In this way, metafictive elements in narration can sometimes add to the realism of a story rather than detract from it. Although Delphine initially comes across as a Blanche Dubois type, her strength amazes and inspires everyone when the war begins to take its toll. These relationships cement and then reverberate throughout the novel. Without graphic description, Peck does not shy away from the horrors of war, nor how it divided the families and friends of Grand Tower. Who is the main character? Well, this is two stories really but the story as told by Tilly is the main one. In fact this is a story within a story within a story.
The River Between Us by Richard Peck - Part 1, The Model T Ford Touring Car, This Study Guide consists of approximately 34 pages of chapter summaries.
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Please type in your email address in order to receive an email with instructions on how to reset your password. Richard Peck is a master of stories about people in transition, but perhaps never before has he told a tale of such dramatic change as this one, set during the first year of the Civil War. The whole country is changing in even the folks from a muddy little Illinois settlement on the banks of the Mississippi. Here, fifteen-year-old Tilly Pruitt frets over the fact that her brother is dreaming of being a soldier and that her sister is prone to supernatural visions. A boy named Curry could possibly become a distraction. Then a steamboat whistle splits the air. The Rob Roy from New Orleans docks at the landing, and off the boat step two remarkable figures: a vibrant, commanding young lady in a rustling hoop skirt and a darker, silent woman in a plain cloak, with a bandanna wrapped around her head.