Deer Crossings in Big Woods in "The Bear" (Location)

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Located near de Spain’s hunting camp, the “faint crossing” (282) is a faint trail made by deer moving through the woods. In "The Old People," such a trail intersects the ridge path. Such crossings are good places for hunters to wait for game. In "The Bear," the crossing assumes special importance as the site in which Sam Fathers teaches the unnamed boy to handle his gun and they first encounter Old Ben, the bear, slowly moving northward. While Faulkner does not provide much information as to its precise whereabouts in "The Bear," it is close to camp and an important artery of the hunting grounds, since the boy expresses surprise that the bear would ever wander so close to people, to which Sam responds that the bear “do it every year . . . Maybe to see who in camp this time” (283).

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