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WATERSHIP DOWN LITERATURE SUMMARY
Bigwig is seen here as not only a great fighter and leading partner, but also
as an actor.
Chervil explains the procedures to Bigwig and sends him out to watch the Near Hind Mark feed. Bigwig meets Blackavar who was mutilated as punishment for trying to escape Efrafa. Every day Blackavar has to sit near the end of the run when the rabbits come up to feed. He is supposed to be an example of what happens to rabbits who try to mutiny. Chervil implies that when Blackavar has served Woundwort’s purpose, he will probably be killed whereupon Bigwig decides that he will take Blackavar with him when he leaves with the does.
A doe named Nelthilta makes a sharp remark to Chervil and Chervil explains
that there had been trouble, that a bunch of does had started a row in
a council meeting and were thus split up into different marks. He tells
Bigwig to see what he can do to bring the does a little more into line.
As Owsla rabbits can mate with any doe they wish whenever they wish, Bigwig
uses the opportunity to have Hyzenthlay sent to him. He explains the plan
to her, telling her that when the times comes they will have the help
of a big bird. He finds that he has stumbled onto a doe who can think
for herself and make decisions, so he leaves it up to her to find a group
of does that will join them without giving away the plot. Hyzenthlay tells
him that it is possible to get out of Efrafa especially with there being
a shortage of officers, but that the Owsla will follow them no matter
how far they go and will either bring them back or kill them. Bigwig encourages
her to believe in him, but has his own share of doubts about whether they
can pull it off. They agree that the plan has to be carried out very soon
before the Owsla gets wind of it and prevents it.
There is a shortage of officers because of those who were killed or injured when Holly escaped and because of the attack of the fox. Hyzenthlay is one of the does who caused a ruckus when Holly was there, and of course he and his three companions are the ones who escaped and killed a guard on the way out. Also, Captain Charlock had been recently run over on the railroad, and Captain Mallow was the one killed by the fox. Bigwig is able to ascertain that there is a good bit of discontent in the warren, so he just has to find a time and method for taking advantage of it.
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