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FREE BOOK REVIEW WATERSHIP DOWN PLOT SUMMARY
The tyrannical nature of the Owsla is apparent, although in another sense
they are simply doing their job. However, the rabbits obviously do not
have the freedom to come and go as they choose or to leave the warren
for any reason. Most of them donít want to, but even if they did, they
would be prevented from doing so unless the Owsla had thought of it first.
Holly is a sensible captain who has more brains than to take on a half
dozen or more rabbits all by himself. Hazelís leadership qualities are
developing very quickly along with the other rabbitsí trust in him. It
is also worth noting that Hazel chooses NOT to harm Holly or the other
guards, but lets them go with a warning even thought it may bring additional
trouble. It is part of Hazelís nature that he doesnít kill even his enemies
The rabbits wander in the woods all night, straggling widely at times, but
trying to stay together and keep up a good pace. Finally realizing that
the smaller rabbits cannot keep the pace any longer and that all are tired,
Hazel decides that they should all rest awhile. The first mention is made
of El-ahrairah, the rabbit folk-hero who accomplished many his exploits
as much by trickery as by skill or intelligence. Hazel decides that it
will help the rabbits to keep their spirits up if they hear a story.
El-ahrairah is comparable to Daniel Boone, Davy Crocket or even Odysseus who, we are told, actually borrowed some of his strategies from the rabbit. This begins a pattern of story telling which provides tradition for the rabbits as well as a behavior pattern by which to validate their own behaviors.
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