The Knife of Never Letting Go
Patrick Ness
Contributed by Carey Speaks
Chapter 28
Summary

Todd begins babbling when Wilf wakes him up. Wilf remembers him and realizes that they lied to him about their names. He introduces the woman next to him as Jane and puts Todd on their cart. The woman makes Todd realize that her settlement listened to Wilf’s warning about the army. They are part of an exodus heading to Haven in an attempt to flee the army. The woman feeds him, and when Todd tries to leave in search of Viola, he is warned that the area is filled with people driven crazy by their Noise. Jane mentions Prentisstown, which attracts people's attention. They give Todd food, and he leaves in search of Viola.

Analysis

“…the lesson of forever and ever is knowing a man’s mind ain’t knowing the man” (Ness 241). Todd uses this statement to probably refer to all the incidences in Prentisstown where he thought he knew the people that surrounded them based on their Noise but later found out that most of what he was hearing was actually a lie. The importance of warning the settlements about the army and adhering to caution is seen in the survival of Wilf’s people who could have succumbed to the same fate as the Farbranch settlers.

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