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WATERSHIP DOWN LITERATURE NOTES
Hazel no longer hesitates about giving orders or taking the leadership role,
even when it involves scolding one of his companions. Bigwig accepts Hazel
completely, even to the extent of apologizing and acknowledging when he
has been wrong. Hazel is not a tyrant, however, and relies heavily on
the experience, insights, and observations of his companions. Yet, in
spite of the foolishness of Bigwig’s action, it will later turn out to
have been a good thing as it deterred a patrol from Efrafa that had already
begun to tail Hazel and his group. Bigwig thus discovered their existence
without them finding out that he is acquainted with Hazel. Had he not
done so, the plan for their activities in Efrafa would soon have been
The rabbits reach the river and Kehaar leads them to a bridge. The rabbits
are nervous and fearful of crossing the bridge until Fiver leads the way,
telling them that it is harmless. There is plenty of cover along the river,
but Hazel is concerned because their plan isn’t quite complete. They have
figured out how to get into the warren and get the does out, but not how
to disappear afterward. Hazel takes Fiver, Bigwig, Blackberry and Bluebell
and they explore upriver a little further where they soon find another
bridge under which a small boat is tied up with a rope. Blackberry remembers
the experience of the wooden plank which they had used at the beginning
of their journey. Soon all the rabbits realize that the boat is the answer
to their last puzzle. They plan to chew the rope almost in two, leaving
just enough fibers to keep it fast to the bank until all of the rabbits
are ready to escape. Then Bigwig leaves for Efrafa to carry out the first
two steps of their plan.
The growth of Fiver is quite interesting to "watch." He not only has confidence in his own abilities, but has grown capable of leading the way when others are too frightened to enter into something new. Perhaps in becoming sensitive to his gift, he has been able to hone it so that he has a better interpretation of his perceptions.
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