Dandelion Wine – Chapters Seventeen and Eighteen

Chapters seventeen and eighteen cover the theme of “The Last, the Very Last”. Douglas and Tom are introduced to a living “Time Machine” in the form of Colonel Freeleigh who narrates incredibly vivid descriptions of his personal experiences, including a fatal bullet trick performed by Ching Ling Soo, being on the prairie with Pawnee Bill, and witnessing the Battle of Fort Sumter. His anecdotes draw the boys themselves into the detailed events, and all agree that the colonel is a true Time Machine.

Similar to the previous story in Chapter fourteen, there is an expository chapter in which Douglas and Tom record the story in Douglas’ tablet and provide both casual and profound commentary on its implications.