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WATERSHIP DOWN LESSON PLAN / BOOK NOTES / ANALYSIS
The rabbits spend the day sleeping uneasily in a hedgerow. Hazel feels uncomfortable
about their exposure and explores a nearby hill where he finds a field
of fragrant plants that he is unfamiliar with. Bigwig and Silver seem
to be familiar with them however, so they wake all the rabbits and lead
them to the hill. When they get there, they are attacked by a crow. Hazel
and Bigwig work together to attack the crow and drive it off. Bigwig encourages
the attack, saying that the crows only attack helpless rabbits, but are
actually cowards. After the excitement, the rabbits sleep safely among
the bean plants.
The relationship between Hazel and Bigwig continues to develop. In this adventure
the two are working together rather than Hazel sending Bigwig off to prevent
him from starting an argument. Bigwig is accepting Hazelís leadership
even as Hazel turns to him for his Owsla experience, skills and advice.
The rabbits come to a highway, a manmade concept most of them have never seen before. Bigwig explains that they are for the hrududil (motor vehicles) to run on and that neither the road nor the hrududil are dangerous to rabbits. Blackberry, however, spots a mass of fur on the road and is skeptical. Big wig explains that they are only dangerous at night because of the lights which will paralyze an animal and prevent it from moving out of the way. Hazel decides to simply cross it and get away from it.
They arrive at Newton Common, a rather barren land for rabbits who need groundcover
for both food and protection. While resting under a bank, Hawkbit, Acorn,
and Speedwell approach Hazel. Hawkbit acts sneaky as if he is up to something
when he tells Hazel that the three of them think Fiver is wrong. They
donít believe Hazel knows where they are going and they want to go back.
Hazel is trying to reason with them when Bigwig comes along. He takes
charge of punishing the three mutants while Fiver takes Hazel to the top
of the bank. In the distance they can see a line of hills. Fiver says
that the hilltop is their destination.
Bigwig is fully committed to Hazelís quest now as he not only works with him but also enforces Hazelís leadership, preventing the rebellion of any rabbits who get impatient over the duration of their journey.
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