Montana 1948, Chapter Summaries

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* The book opens with David Hayden talking about his father serving his second term in 1948 in Mercer Country, Montana. It talks about the type of country Montana is. * David’s father doesn’t fit the ideal of what he should be in his occupation, and his wife didn’t think so either. She wanted him to better himself and become a lawyer. The reason that his father is the sheriff of Montana is because when David’s grandfather finally decided to retire, he handed the job down to his son; David’s father. David’s mother wanted to leave Montana for several reasons; she wanted David’s father to be fully himself and not do his job just because his father told him to, and for David; she feared for his soul, and his values and such. David and his family lived in the middle of town, which meant that David could be anywhere in a matter of minutes. David’s mother worked as a secretary in the Register of Deeds office which was in the courthouse. This meant that the family had a housekeeper who lived with them during the week. Her name was Marie Little Solider and she was a Hunkpapa Sioux who originally came from the Fort Berthold Reservation in North Dakota. She was in her early twenties and was close to six feet tall and wore cotton print dresses. David worshipped Marie’s boyfriend, Ronnie Tall Bear. Marie stayed in a small room off the kitchen. David and his parent’s room were upstairs. In mid-August 1948, is where the story finally begins. Marie had been sick that morning and had only come out to set out the lunch. David mentioned to his mother that Marie may be sick and she was instantly alarmed. His mother feared nothing more than disease or illness. So she went to check on Marie and turned out she had a cold and a fever. So they called David’s father’s brother, who is a doctor (Doctor Hayden) to come and see Marie. Marie shot up in bed and refused to see a doctor and that if she did she wants to see her doctor not Dr. Hayden. David’s mother puts...
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