Into the Wild

Into the Wild/ Chapter 4

Why did Jan Burres feel an attachment to McCandless?

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Jan was estranged from his son, who was about the same age as Chris. He immediately formed an attachment.

"I have a son about the same age Alex was, and we’ve been estranged for a few years now. So I said to Bob, ‘Man, we got to take this kid with us. You need to school him about some things.’ Alex took a ride from us up to Orick Beach, where we were staying, and camped with us for a week. He was a really good kid. We thought the world of him. When he left, we never expected to hear from him again, but he made a point of staying in touch.


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