The Question and Answer section for Touching Spirit Bear is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
Cole had violently attacked a boy named Peter Driscal. Instead of going to prison, Cole elected to be banished to an Alaskan island for one year. He would try to contemplate his actions and heal his many emotional issues.
This very short phrase is significant because Cole is finally taking responsibility for his actions.
Edwin places Cole on one side of the library. Edwin joins Cole and they attempt to walk the line together. There is much pushing. The second time they try it, Edwin knocks Cole sprawling to the ground. Edwin's point is that sometimes it takes...