by Senan Gil Senan
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As the child gets older, he spends more time outside the cabin. The old man leaves out meals which sometimes get eaten although more often left. Only a diet of freshly killed meat gets eaten; the less cooked the better. He rarely gets to see his son, but on one occasion, he is disturbed by a brief glimpse of his gangly weak frame, but it was not his unashamed nakedness, rather than the fact that he has a young man’s body at the age of seven. And beyond the forest clearing, the traps are always sprung but the catch taken.