The Knife of Never Letting Go
Patrick Ness
Contributed by Carey Speaks
Chapter 37

Todd cannot stand life’s cruelty. Viola reminds him that she lost both her parents and he is her only family now. When they stop for a drink of water at a stream, Todd tells her about how all the boys stopped talking to him. They reach an empty settlement and raid the food stores. They end up watching the sunrise and Todd begins realizing that he has different feelings towards Viola. Viola does not show any indication that she picked up Todd’s thoughts from his Noise and Todd asks her if she can imitate the Prentisstown accent.


In this chapter, Todd holds on to whatever hope is left in him to keep running, knowing that “Life equals running and when we stop running…we’ll know life is finally finished” (Ness 313). As Viola and Todd chat, Todd ponders how the threat of the army alone placed Wilf’s settlement and the village Todd and Viola came across in danger. This moment of reflection shows Todd is seeing the world in a new way.

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