Richard that Abner's father complaint to him that he turned down his role
in the school play to side with Schermer's. Richard explains to Pa the
real story.He adds that Schermers are patriotic and want the Allies to
win.Beside,their son Otto ,an American soldier. also fighting with the
Allies.Pa advises Richard not to side with the Schermers against
the rest of community.He adds that Schermers are different. Beside,Abner's
father and the other help him when he broke his leg.Richard feels
it is unfair because the Schermers were Americans and their pay taxes.
the students ignore Richard at school.He does not bother and become
closer to Hannah.Whenever he is lonely,he goes to the Schermers as they
understand him.He shares his poetry to them.Christmas is around the corner and
Mr Kilmer has to spend it away from home.It is very cold in France as
fighting continues.Richard send Hannah's cookies with nut and raisins and
Mrs Schermer;s knitted scarf with his letter to Mr Kilmer.In class,Mr
Higby informs that the American have pushed back the German in
is planned for the last day of school in Turtle Lake.Richard and Hannah sit
away from the others under a large tree .Richard carves a heart and their
initial R and H on the oak tree.Suddenly,someone has thrown a stone
at her.Her ankle is bleeding,Richard fix it up and see the word "hun"
on the flat side.