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Joseph does not quite believe that Mary didn't spread her legs for the Indians. He refuses to bone Mary because he believes that the Indians carved a war path into her teepee. He licks his lips when he sees her naked Puritan breasts but still will not bone her. Joseph is not the kind of guy who would buy a used car that had been driven by somebody else. When Mary asks why he won't have sex, Joseph claims that God told him not to bone her.

Joseph also complains that he paid too much money to ransom Mary. He doesn't seem glad to have her back.

Eventually Mary's kids Joss and Marie are released. Neither were sexually molested, as you would expect space alien Indians like the ones described in this book to treat their captives well. What would wild Indians want with a teenage girl like Marie anyway? Maybe they would use her for chess games, or to pen a book of philosophy. But to have sex with a captive girl? Indians? Never!

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Joss is changed from his experience. He gives his dad the finger and spends his time wandering in the woods.

Mary learns that Bess, the girl from chapter one who boned the black guy, has drowned herself. How does a person drown themselves? Can a person really jump into an ocean and simply stop breathing? I don't understand how this can be done.

Mary talks to Silvanus the black slave, who tells Mary that their son has joined the family business and is also a slave, a regular chip off the old block, just like his dad!
Mary is appalled because Bess's son is a slave to white people. That's not enjoyable like being a slave to Indian people, which Mary enjoyed very much.

Yes, Mary now fondly recalls her kidnapping and enslavement as "an adventure".

Mary's pants get wet whenever she thinks of James, of the many non-sexual encounters they had together. There was the time they looked into each other's eyes. And the time they stood next to a tree. And the time he was standing here and she was standing there. Mary replayed each platonic encounter in her mind, getting more and more sexually aroused.

White people, angry that the Indians have been killing them, have come up with a solution to this problem: to kill the Indians first. This they do. Most Indians are dead, but the ones who are left surrender. Mary is worried that James will be killed. Her husband Joseph and senior priest Increase Mather have been bugging her to write an account of her captivity and enslavement.  Joseph in particular has been a real p_nis about it, saying it's God's will over and over, but Mary tells Joseph that he always says that whatever he wants is "God's will" and she doesn't believe he speaks for God.

Mary refuses to write what will surely be anti-Indian propaganda, but she strikes a deal with Increase--she will write her story in return for getting a pardon for James. Increase agrees to pardon James if he kills two other Indians and brings them their heads.

James appears out of nowhere next to Mary's home and learns about the deal. He's not crazy about it but agrees to the terms.  James gave Mary an Indian name, Chikohtqua, but you can just think of Mary as "Chick-o".

As part of the deal Mary can no longer associate with James, who she now loves dearly. Mary writes her story of enslavement, and Increase Mather rewrites it to add a lot of religious stuff to it, then publishes it.

Mary's v_gina dries out and she realizes she can't have any more babies.

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