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The power outage at the end of chapter 21 is important because
it signals the end of the snowstorm and prepares the reader for the verdict of Kabuo’s trial.
it allows the reader to see interaction between Ishmael and his mother.
it sets in motion a chain of events that leads to Ishmael discovering the records at the lighthouse which could clear Kabuo of murder.
it gives the reader a chance to see Ishmael and Hatsue interact as adults.
it marks the end of the jury’s deliberation.