"He thrust his head deep into the kettle and howled with pain as his nose met the boiling porridge. He threw back his head, but in doing so jerked the kettle off the hook, and when he turned, he was wearing it over his head like a black pumpkin."(pg. 3). This is man vs. nature because the bear is an animal in nature and Lyddie has to face it.
"'It's a nice fat heifer,' she said. 'We kept it so long on its mothers milk. We'll get a good price for it.' 'We'd bound to give the money to her.' 'No.' Her voice was sharper than she meant, ground as it was on three years of unspoken anger."(pg. 10). This is man vs. man because Lyddie and Charlie are arguing with each other over money.
"Why couldn't she be as thin and straight as a boy? Why couldn't she have been a boy? Perhaps, then, her father would not have had to leave. With an older son to help, maybe he could have made a living for them on the hill farm."(pg. 22). This is man vs. self because Lyddie hates herself for not being a boy and being able to help her father out.