In the book, Accounts Settled, there is only one major character named Gordon. Gordon is seventeen, six feet tall, and has the beginning of a beard. The main setting is in a forest-filled valley that is a mile from Gordon's home. The story does not give a specific date but the most logical time this story takes place is in the winter during the early 1900s.
The inciting incident in the story is
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foreshadowing. For instance, 'he wouldn't have minded tending the old line along the lake shore, but this haunted place-' and 'Gordon had let it go at that, but he knew by the occasional fuzz of nerves along his back that the secret shadowing still went on, and that it was more than an inquisitive surveillance.'
This author defiantly used a surprise ending because the porcupine returning to find more food was a complete surprise.