My brother sam is dead book summary
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My Brother Sam is Dead - Chapter 2
My Brother Sam Is Dead
His father, Eliphalet Meeker, called Life for short, starts arguing with him. After a while they calm down and change the subject. Sam tells him the truth why he is back at home — to get the Brown Bess, the family gun. Sam makes Tim swear not to tell Mom or Dad. While the Meekers are at church, Sam goes back to the tavern, where his family lives and works, and steals the Brown Bess. Somewhat later, the Rebels or the Patriots or as they are now called — Americans pass through the town of Redding, which is where the Meekers live. When they come to the tavern they demand their gun.
But actually, a whole ton of stuff happens before Sam dies. And during that time, we grow to love Sam. This means that whole dying thing becomes a serious downer. So let's set the stage. The setting? The American Revolutionary War.
Our main man Tim gets the shock of his life: his big bro announces he's joining up with the Patriots. And get this: Papa Meeker is loyal to England, not the Colonies. For now, Tim wants to stay out of this big ol' mess, but we can tell tough times are ahead. Tim can't deny the war any longer. With a Loyalist dad supporting England and a Patriot brother supporting the American colonies, Tim has a big conflict on his hands: which side should he support? Does he go along with his dad or join up with his brother?
When Sam Meeker returns home from college in the spring of and announces that he has decided to enlist in the Rebel army, his parents are appalled, but his younger brother, Tim, is wide-eyed with admiration. When the brothers are outside together doing chores around their family's tavern, Sam confides in Tim his plan to steal their father's gun in order to fight. Tim protests, but he can do nothing to stop Sam. That night, Mr. Meeker and Sam have an argument about the war and Sam runs away from home. The next morning after church, Tim visits Sam in a hut where he is hiding out. He tries to talk Sam out of going to war, but without success.