“wincing, he wiped at his mouth with his left hand, then stared at the glistening red on his knuckles. It reminded him of the bear’s blood on the knife blade beside him. It also looked like the blood he had seen on the sidewalk after beating up peter. The blood looked identical.”
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For the first time in his life, Cole is noticing the connections that his actions have in life. The blood of the bear, the blood of Cole, and the blood of Peter all become relevant at the same time. Cole begins to understand that violence causes blood and suffering. Was the pain of the bear and Peter any different than his? Was the blood of the bear and Peter any different than his own blood? Cole begins to see that everything is connected, even violence.