Touching Spirit Bear

in chapter 13

Why do you think cole keeps the spirit bears fur to himself? Why does he throw it away?

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People didn't believe that Cole had encountered his Spirit Bear. Cole finds himself once again defending his word and integrity except this time he doesn't have an angle; he isn't playing games. At the end of the chapter Cole reaches into his pocket and feels the Bear's fur he had ripped out. He throws it into the water because from now on, "His words would become his only proof." I'm not sure I would have had the guts to do what Cole did. I'm afraid I would have displayed the fur to prove my side of the story.

He keeps the fur to prove to others he faught a spirit bear and he lived. He throws the fur away because he wants to tell the truth and his truth should be the only proof he needs no matter if nobody believes him or not.