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5. "I think we ought to do all we can to make these creatures
friendly. It might turn out to be well worth the trouble."
Hazel after befriending the mouse and protecting it from the hawk. Following through on Blackberry's notion of making changes, Hazel realizes that they can make friends with other animals, especially those that have useful gifts which they lack. He is hoping to make friends with a bird. His conjecture is foreshadowing of Kehaar.
6. "...from all I've heard of hutch rabbits, they don't take
easily to wild life. The truth is, you're just a silly show-off."
Fiver upon finding out that Hazel intends to try to get the does from the farm. Hazel is acting on impulse and on the urge to show that he will not be outdone by Captain Holly. Fiver's outspokenness about it shows growth and an increased confidence in his insights as well as possible fear for Hazel's life.
7. "We all have to meet our match sometime or other."
Captain Holly in explaining Efrafa. He acknowledges that some of the rabbits in that owsla are better than he is. Since he could not beat them, he believes that no one could and they should just stay away. His words are significant because by admitting defeat, he is showing that he should definitely not be the one to return to Efrafa. Also it is foreshadowing as even Woundwort will meet his match one day--in none other than Bigwig.
8. "I have learned that with creatures one loves, suffering is
not the only thing for which one may pity them. A rabbit who does not
know when a gift has made him safe is poorer than a slug, even though
he may think otherwise himself." (234)
Elahrairah after trying to bargain with the Black Rabbit for the lives of his people. He learns that, first, he cannot bargain with the Black Rabbit, but also that the Black Rabbit only has power to hurt him if he first breaks his will. The answers to the survival of his people are within themselves.
9. "If a rabbit gave advice and the advice wasn't accepted,
he immediately forgot it, and so did everyone else."
Hyzenthlay's explanation for why Blackavar doesn't recall warning Bigwig about the foxes. This was a custom in Efrafa and may have been a training intended to prevent internal conflicts or competitions in Woundwort's warren.
10. "If my authority goes, where will yours be in half a
Woundwort to Vervain when Vervain shows fear at confronting Bigwig. Woundwort knows that his following even among the owsla is maintained by fear rather than true loyalty.
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