Snow Falling on Cedars

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Summary

Chapters 25–29

Summary Chapters 25–29

Nels Gudmundsson is the only white person to address racism directly in Kabuo’s trial; even Ishmael is reluctant to admit that the jury might be biased. This reluctance stems partly from the white community’s collective guilt over its treatment of the Japanese. The lack of dialogue about racism also stems from the island community’s unwillingness to address conflict among its members. Individual disagreements must be muted in a small town and on a confined island where no one can afford to have too many enemies. Yet when disagreement is muted completely, the community is in danger of committing injustice, even when it operates under the guise of objectivity—as it purports to do during the trial.