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WATERSHIP DOWN CHAPTER NOTES
Fiver makes one of his elusive predictions just before the rabbits depart
on their journey. Half asleep, he says that the gifts of El-ahrairah are
trickery, great danger and blessing for the warren. The rabbits have also
advanced their willingness and ability to communicate with other creatures.
They go so far as to procure slugs and insects for the bird even though
they find such food disgusting. In order to establish a friendship with
the bird, they must refrain from passing judgement on his habits.
Hazel is eager for some adventure of his own while his friends are off on
their trip to the neighboring warren. He rounds up Pipkin, and the two
of them make their way to the farm, asking directions from a rat on the
way. When he finds the farm and then the hutches, he talks to a rabbit
named Boxwood. Hazel explains that the warren rabbits live as they choose,
without men. Boxwood tells how a child sometimes takes them out and puts
them in a pen on the grass. The hutch rabbits seem interested in the prospect
of getting out of the hutches. Hazel tells them that he has to return
to his friends in the hills, but that he will be back soon. On the way
out, Hazel and Pipkin are waylaid by a cat. Hazel taunts the cat until
it finally springs at them. The two rabbits bolt and race for the down.
They spend the night under a bank.
The narrator explains that cat cannot outrun a bolting rabbit, and for some reason, the rabbit cannot make a dash until the other animal does it first. Hazel does realize that these rabbits may be even worse than those in Cowslip’s warren as they have been fed and cared for by men all their lives and will not know how to act in the wild. They are excited by his presence as they lives are very monotonous, but they are not capable of making decisions and acting on them.
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