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Hazel has established his leadership. The rebel rabbits do not apologize,
but their silence is akin to admitting that Hazel was right.
The rabbits are enjoying the field. Hazel talks them into digging some shallow burrows, called scrapes, under a bank so they can have shelter from the coming rain. Usually the does in a warren do the serious digging, so the need to dig holes comes as a bit of a surprise. Blackberry comes across a "man-track" in the field, but does not understand why it would be there as there is little evidence of human activity of any kind. Shortly after sundown a strange rabbit appears in the field. The rabbit seems unusually big and healthy with sleek, glossy fur. He tells them his name is Cowslip and that it had been assumed that Hazelís group would want to live in the field. Cowslip notices the narrow, uncomfortable nature of the shallow holes and tells Hazel that they are all welcome to join his warren where there are enough empty burrows for them all.
Hazel has a council with Blackberry, Dandelion, Bigwig and Fiver. The rabbits
arenít sure whether to trust the newcomer or not, but they realize that
if all the rabbits are as big as cowslip, they could have easily overpowered
and killed Hazelís group if they had wanted to. They decide to at least
investigate the invitation. Only Fiver resists. He says they should have
nothing to do with the new rabbit or his warren and that they ought to
leave the place at once. However, he realizes that his words are falling
on deaf ears.
The field is the rabbitsí first attempt to establish a new home for themselves. It should be an ideal place, but it is suspiciously empty of any sigh of rabbit enemies except for them man. Furthermore, they have a limited view of their surroundings as they do not see the strange rabbit until he is almost on top of the. This location will be an example of what they donít want for themselves.
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