Walk Two Moons Summary: Chapters 33-36

Instructor: Dori Starnes

Dori has taught college and high school English courses, and has Masters degrees in both literature and education.

Sal and her grandparents leave Yellowstone and head west, and the location of Mrs. Winterbottom is discovered. This lesson will focus on the summary of Chapters 33 through 36 of ''Walk Two Moons''.


As Salamanca Tree Hiddle, better known as Sal, travels with her dad's parents, Gram and Gramps, from Ohio to Idaho, she tells them a story to pass the time. The story of Sal's friend Phoebe Winterbottom helps ease Sal's mind as they draw closer to their destination, for they are travelling to see Sal's mother, Momma, who left Sal and her father more than a year ago. As Sal relates Phoebe's story, she uncovers her own.

Phoebe's mother, Mrs. Winterbottom, has left her family, a thing Sal understands only too well. But Sal has other things going on besides helping her friend out. Sal's father has been spending a lot of time with the mysterious Margaret Cadaver, who Phoebe thinks is a murderer. Sal also has a lot to deal with at school: journals being read aloud in Mr. Birkway's always-unpredictable English class and her budding romance with classmate Ben Finney.

Chapter 33: The Visitor

In a motel in Wyoming at Yellowstone National Park, Sal continues to tell Phoebe's story. The night after Mr. Birkway has read Sal and Phoebe's journals aloud in class, Sal goes to Phoebe's house for dinner. While she is there, the doorbell rings. It is Mr. Birkway, who has come to apologize for reading Phoebe's journal out loud.

And then he tells them the real story about his sister, Margaret Cadaver, and her absent husband. Mr. Cadaver and Margaret's mother, Mrs. Partridge, were in a car that was hit by a drunk driver. Mr. Cadaver was killed and Mrs. Partridge lost her sight. And what is worse is that they were brought to the hospital where Margaret was working as an emergency room nurse.

Phoebe is glad to know Margaret Cadaver is not a criminal, but she feels like she has lost a clue to her mother's absence. Sal finally has a chance to tell Phoebe what she learned: that the ''lunatic'' is in fact Sergeant Bickle's son. So Sal and Phoebe decide to try tracking him down. That night, Sal realizes how horrible it must have been for Margaret Cadaver to be working when they brought her husband in.

Sal stops telling the story for the night. Gram tells them she isn't sleepy, but Sal should go to sleep anyhow.

Old Faithful
Old Faithful

Chapter 34: Old Faithful

In the morning, Sal, Gram, and Gramps go to see Old Faithful. At first, Sal is unimpressed but then Old Faithful erupts like an entire river heading toward the sky. Sal is thrilled to see it, as is Gram and Gramps and everyone else there. Afterward, they leave Yellowstone National Park and head toward Idaho. Gramps is determined to make it there by dark, because tomorrow is Momma's birthday.

Chapter 35: The Plan

The road through the Rocky Mountains is steep and twisty, and Sal is scared the car will crash. So to keep her mind off how scared she is, Sal continues to tell Phoebe's story. In English class, everyone is still buzzing about the journals. Instead of reading more, Mr. Birkway tells his students that he is sorry he read the journals aloud.

In the library, Ben again tries to kiss Sal. She can't seem to help it that she is always moving when he goes in for a kiss. After school, Sal and Phoebe rush to Phoebe's house and look up everyone named Bickle in the phone book. They call them all and find the correct number is the very last one. Sergeant Bickle isn't home, though, so they will try again later.

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