In this scene Joseph and Jack are doing there office duty. In the story one of their teachers Mr. Canton is telling them that they should be patiently waiting for something important they might have to deliver instead of doing math problems, which Joseph does. Joseph was given a math theorem from Mr. D' Ulney everyday during office duty, but Mr. Canton didn't like that very much.
This scene is showing Joseph learning how to milk. When Joseph first was adopted and moved in with Jack and his family he had to learn to milk the cows since they lived on a farm. The cow he is milking is Rosie. Rosie really likes Joseph, eventhough he is not good at milking. He normally scratches her behind which keeps her calm while she is being milked.
This final scene is a very suspensful moment in the story. In this part of the book Joseph and Jack have just been dropped back off at their house. On their walk to school Joseph decided to walk along the Alliance river. He thought the ice was frozen, but it wasn't and he fell in. Jack had to save him, but the pull of the water was so strong that he almost fell in himself. Their teacher Mr. Canton had heard that they weren't at school so he went looking for them and when he found them he took them home and their mom put them in front of the fire with a warm drink because they were both freezing.