Pierre's father chopped off his thumb while chopping wood. Pierre felt really bad, so he decided he wanted to try and get a job to make profit in place of his dad.
As they were paddling, Pierre's blisters started bleeding. Pierre didn't want to be a burden so he kept going along. La Londe noticed Pierre's blisters. He put padding on Pierre's paddles to help him. Pierre started to miss school and home, being a voyageur is difficult so far.
Pierre was about to enter his first rapids. He was pretty nervous, but his crew reassured him that it would be ok. He was still scared, but he had faked that he had fun.