Section 3 – Old Age: 12 to 14
Chapter 15 – A Starved Bird
Matt learns that Maria and Emilia have been sent away to a convent. When going to the stable for a horse, Matt sees Rosa and discovers she has been made into an eejit. For the first time he realized what a terrible thing it is to be turned into an eejit.
Matt finds a metal chest at the Oasis, left for him by Tam Lin, containing food, camping supplies, books, and maps.
El Viejo dies and everyone comes to the estate for the funeral. MacGregor looks much younger. Matt is yelled at by the Priest, who rudely states that Matt is not welcome in church. Maria comes to his rescue, and confronts the priest. They run and hide in the secret passage.
- Where has Maria and Emilia been sent to? Why?
- Why can’t Matt send Maria a letter?
- What has happened to Rosa? What was Matt’s reaction to seeing Rosa?
- What did Matt find at the canyon?
- Why do you think Tam Lin left these things for Matt?
- Who has died? What was the reaction to Matt at the service?
- What was Matt’s reaction to MacGregor entering the service? What about him has changed?
- What has changed about Maria?
- Describe the children’s choir?
- What is the Priest’s reaction to Matt? Other people?
- Why does Maria confront the priest?
- Where does Matt take Maria?