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WATERSHIP DOWN BOOK ANALYSIS
Kehaarís friendship is tested as what seems easy to him seems impossible to
the rabbits. He thinks they are rather stupid, and it is long past time
for him to be out over the ocean with the rest of his kind, but he does
not give up on them. Blackavar surprises Hazel in showing remarkable resiliency
and courage, especially when they consider that he is not even an Owsla
rabbit. He is typical of the social characters who lead revolts and revolutions
rather than merely accepting orders and allowing the ruling powers to
control and regulate their lives.
The rabbits have to cross the bridge and head north, going back home the way they have come. Kehaar takes his leave of them, as there is nothing more he can do to help them, and he needs to get off with other gulls. Bigwig, whose shoulder was injured in fighting Blackavarís guards, finds it rough going, and Hazel soon discovers the Blackavar was well worth bringing along.
After traveling awhile, they reach an area called "Caesarís Belt. The rabbits all want to dig some holes and stay there to recuperate for a couple of days. Fiver feels that it isnít quite right, but doesnít know exactly why. Then Blackavar chimes in and urges them to keep on because they are in the heart of fox country where even a Wide Patrol wouldnít dally. Bigwig is lame and grumpy and is beginning to feel that Blackaver is a bit of a showoff with his Efrafan scout craft. He gets sarcastic with Blackaver, ridiculing his "feelings" just as he had Fiverís several weeks ago. There is also the mention of the smell of rabbits on the wind. Nevertheless, Hazel can see that the rabbits are too exhausted to continue on as they are. They dig their holes and decide to just take their chances long enough to get some rest.
They stay in this area for two days. In the late morning of the second day,
a fox appears out of nowhere and snatches up one of the does who is feeding
on a nearby bank. They gather the rabbits together, and Bigwig tries to
apologize to Blackavar who says he doesnít remember giving Bigwig any
such advice. Hyzenthlay later explains that in Efrafa, if a rabbit gave
advice and that advice was rejected, he and everyone else immediately
forgot it. They decide to press on toward the Honeycomb in hopes of making
it that night. Later in the afternoon, they are stopped by four big rabbits
who jump out of the bushes and block their path. One of them is Captain
Campion who had taken it upon himself to carry out an ambush; Campion
had been sent on a Wide Patrol and was hoping to have something worthwhile
to show upon his return to the council. Campion claims to have a very
large patrol hidden in the bushes, but Hazel calls his bluff, and he has
to back off and let them pass. They make excellent progress and soon reach
the slopes of Watership Down where Strawberry and Buckthorn have been
watching for him.
There is some ominous foreshadowing that the Honeycomb rabbits will not have seen the last of Woundwort or his Efrafan Owsla. Although it seems like the two warrens are in different countries, they are actually only about three miles apart. Hyzenthlay indicates that she is as independent as Blackavar in thinking for herself, and unlike him, she does not necessarily "forget" when things do not go her way. She credits it to being a "doe."
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