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Not in United States? Choose your country's store to see books available for purchase. Led by a stouthearted pair of brothers, they travel forth from their native Sandleford warren through harrowing trials to a mysterious promised land and a more perfect society. Duncton Wood. William Horwood. Kenneth Grahame. The Book of Dust:
We want to see the Chief Rabbit, said Hazel. Its important, Bigwig. Can you help us? Is he going to see him, too? Yes, he must. Do trust me, Bigwig. I dont usually come and talk like this, do I? When did I ever ask to see the Chief Rabbit before? Well, Ill do it for you, Hazel, although Ill probably get my head bitten off.
Ill tell him I know youre a sensible fellow. He ought to know you himself, of course, but hes getting old.
Wait here, will you? Bigwig went a little way down the run and stopped at the entrance to a large burrow. After speaking a few words that Hazel could not catch, he was evidently called inside.
The two rabbits waited in silence, broken only by the continual nervous dgeting of Fiver. For some reason he was always referred to as The Threarahperhaps because there happened to be only one threar, or rowan, near the warren, from which he took his name. He had won his position not only by strength in his prime, but also by level-headedness and a certain self-contained detachment, quite unlike the impulsive behavior of most rabbits.
It was well known that he never let himself become excited by rumor or danger. He had coollysome even said coldlystood rm during the terrible onslaught of the myxomatosis, ruthlessly driving out every rabbit who seemed to be sickening.
He had resisted all ideas of mass emigration and enforced complete isolation on the warren, thereby almost certainly saving it from extinction. It was he, too, who had once dealt with a particularly troublesome stoat by leading it down among the pheasant coops and so at the risk of.
He was now, as Bigwig said, getting old, but his wits were still clear enough. When Hazel and Fiver were brought in, he greeted them politely. Owsla like Toadax might threaten and bully. The Threarah had no need. Ah, Walnut. It is Walnut, isnt it?
Hazel, said Hazel. Hazel, of course. How very nice of you to come and see me. I knew your mother well. And your friend My brother. Your brother, said the Threarah, with the faintest suggestion of Dont correct me any more, will you? Do make yourselves comfortable.
Have some lettuce? The Chief Rabbits lettuce was stolen by the Owsla from a garden half a mile away across the elds. Outskirters seldom or never saw lettuce.
Hazel took a small leaf and nibbled politely. Fiver refused, and sat blinking and twitching miserably.
Now, how are things with you? Do tell me how I can help you. Well, sir, said Hazel rather hesitantly, its because of my brotherFiver here. He can often tell when theres anything bad about, and Ive found him right again and again.
He knew the ood was coming last autumn and sometimes he can tell where a wires been set. And now he says he can sense a bad danger coming upon the warren. A bad danger. Yes, I see. How very upsetting, said the Chief Rabbit, looking anything but upset.
Now, what sort of danger, I wonder? He looked at Fiver. I dont know, said Fiver. B-but its bad. Its so b-bad thatits very bad, he concluded miserably. The Threarah waited politely for a few moments and then he said, Well, now, and what ought we to do about it, I wonder? Go away, said Fiver instantly. Go away. All of us. Threarah, sir, we must all go away. The Threarah waited again.
Then, in an extremely understanding voice, he said, Well, I never did! Thats rather a tall order, isnt it? What do you think yourself? Well, sir, said Hazel, my brother doesnt really think about these feelings he gets.
He just has the feelings, if you see what I mean. Im sure youre the right person to decide what we ought to do. Well, thats very nice of you to say that. I hope I am.
But now, my dear fellows, lets just think about this a moment, shall we? Its May, isnt it? Everyones busy and most of the rabbits are enjoying themselves. No elil for miles, or so they tell me.
No illness, good weather. And you want me to tell the warren that youngeryoungeryour brother here has got a hunch and we must all go traipsing across country to goodness knows where and risk the consequences, eh? What do you think theyll say? All delighted, eh? Theyd take it from you, said Fiver suddenly. Thats very nice of you, said the Threarah again. Well, perhaps they would, perhaps they would. But I should have to consider it very carefully indeed. A most serious step, of course.
And then But theres no time, Threarah, sir, blurted out Fiver. I can feel the danger like a wire round my necklike a wireHazel, help! He squealed and rolled over in the sand, kicking frantically, as a rabbit does in a snare. Hazel held him down with both forepaws and he grew quieter. Im awfully sorry, Chief Rabbit, said Hazel. He gets like this sometimes. Hell be all right in a minute. What a shame! Poor fellow, perhaps he ought to go home and rest.
Yes, youd better take him along now. Well, its really been extremely good of you to come and see me, Walnut. I appreciate it very much indeed. And I shall think over all youve said most carefully, you can be quite sure of that.
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Bigwig, just wait a moment, will you? As Hazel and Fiver made their way dejectedly down the run outside the Threarahs burrow, they could just hear, from inside, the Chief Rabbits voice assuming a rather sharper note, interspersed with an occasional Yes, sir, No, sir. Bigwig, as he had predicted, was getting his head bitten off.
We are lying here as though we had a chance of enjoying a quiet time. Am I waiting until I become a little older? Xenophon, The Anabasis. But, Hazel, you didnt really think the Chief Rabbit would act on your advice, did you? What were you expecting? It was evening once more and Hazel and Fiver were feeding outside the wood with two friends. Blackberry, the rabbit with tipped ears who had been startled by Fiver the night before, had listened carefully to Hazels description of the notice board, remarking that he had always felt sure that men left these things about to act as signs or messages of some kind, in the same way that rabbits left marks on runs and gaps.
It was another neighbor, Dandelion, who had now brought the talk back to the Threarah and his indifference to Fivers fear. I dont know what I expected, said Hazel. Id never been near the Chief Rabbit before.
But I thought, Well, even if he wont listen, at least no one can say afterward that we didnt do our best to warn him. Youre sure, then, that theres really something to be afraid of? Im quite certain. Ive always known Fiver, you see. Blackberry was about to reply when another rabbit came noisily through the thick dogs mercury in the wood, blundered down into the brambles and pushed his way up from the ditch.
It was Bigwig. Hello, Bigwig, said Hazel. Youre off duty?
Off duty, said Bigwig, and likely to remain off duty. How do you mean? Ive left the Owsla, thats what I mean. Not on our account? You could say that. The Threarahs rather good at making himself unpleasant when hes been woken up at ni-Frith for what he considers a piece of trivial nonsense. He certainly knows how to get under your skin. I dare say a good many rabbits would have kept quite and thought about keeping on the right side of the Chief, but Im afraid Im not much good at that.
I told him that the Owslas privileges didnt mean all that much to me in any case and that a strong rabbit could always do just as well by leaving the warren. He told me not to be impulsive and think it over, but I shant stay. Lettuce-stealing isnt my idea of a jolly life, nor sentry duty in the burrow. Im in a ne temper, I can tell you. No one will steal lettuces soon, said Fiver quietly.
Oh, thats you, Fiver, is it? Good, I was coming to look for you. Ive been thinking about what you said to the Chief Rabbit. Tell me, is it a sort of tremendous hoax to make yourself important, or is it true? It is true, said Fiver. I wish it werent. Then youll be leaving the warren? They were all startled by the bluntness with which Bigwig went to the point. Dandelion muttered, Leave the warren, Frithrah!
It was Hazel who replied. Fiver and I will be leaving the warren tonight, he said deliberately. I dont know exactly where we shall go, but well take anyone whos ready to come with us. Right, said Bigwig, then you can take me. The last thing Hazel had expected was the immediate support of a member of the Owsla.
It crossed his mind that although Bigwig would certainly be a useful rabbit in a tight corner, he would also be a difcult one to get on with.
He cer-. I dont care if he is in the Owsla, thought Hazel. If we get away from the warren, Im not going to let Bigwig run everything, or why bother to go? But he answered only, Good. We shall be glad to have you. He looked round at the other rabbits, who were all staring either at Bigwig or at himself. It was Blackberry who spoke next.
I think Ill come, he said. I dont quite know whether its you whove persuaded me, Fiver. But anyway, there are too many bucks in this warren, and its pretty poor fun for any rabbit thats not in the Owsla. The funny thing is that you feel terried to stay and I feel terried to go. Foxes here, weasels there, Fiver in the middle, begone dull care!
He pulled out a burnet leaf and ate it slowly, concealing his fear as best he could; for all his instincts were warning him of the dangers in the unknown country beyond the warren. If we believe Fiver, said Hazel, it means that we think no rabbits at all ought to stay here. So between now and the time when we go, we ought to persuade as many as we can to join us.
I think there are one or two in the Owsla who might be worth sounding, said Bigwig. If I can talk them over, theyll be with me when I join you tonight.
But they wont come because of Fiver. Theyll be juniors, discontented fellows like me. You need to have heard Fiver yourself to be convinced by him. Hes convinced me. Its obvious that hes been sent some kind of message, and I believe in these things. I cant think why he didnt convince the Threarah. Because the Threarah doesnt like anything he hasnt thought of for himself, answered Hazel.
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But we cant bother with him any more now. Weve got to try to collect some more rabbits and meet again here, fu Inl. And well start fu Inl, too: The dangers coming closer all the time whatever it isand, besides, the Threarah isnt going to like it if he nds out that youve been trying to get at rabbits in the. Owsla, Bigwig. Neither is Captain Holly, I dare say. They wont mind odds and ends like us clearing off, but they wont want to lose you.
If I were in your place, Id be careful whom I picked to talk to. Shakespeare, Hamlet. Fu Inl means after moonrise. Rabbits, of course, have no idea of precise time or of punctuality. In this respect they are much the same as primitive people, who often take several days over assembling for some purpose and then several more to get started.
Before such people can act together, a kind of telepathic feeling has to ow through them and ripen to the point when they all know that they are ready to begin. Anyone who has seen the martins and swallows in September, assembling on the telephone wires, twittering, making short ights singly and in groups over the open, stubbly elds, returning to form longer and even longer lines above the yellowing verges of the lanesthe hundreds of individual birds merging and blending, in a mounting excitement, into swarms, and these swarms coming loosely and untidily together to create a great, unorganized ock, thick at the center and ragged at the edges,.
It was actually about an hour after moonrise and a good while before midnight when Hazel and Fiver once more came out of their burrow behind the brambles and slipped quietly along the bottom of the ditch. With them was a third rabbit, HlaoPipkina friend of Fiver. Hlao means any small concavity in the grass where moisture may collecte. He too was small, and inclined to be timid, and Hazel and Fiver had spent the greater part of their last evening in the warren in persuading him to join them.
Pipkin had agreed rather hesitantly. He still felt extremely nervous about what might happen once they left the warren, and had decided that the best way to avoid trouble would be to keep close to Hazel and do exactly what he said.
The three were still in the ditch when Hazel heard a movement above. He looked up quickly. Whos there? No, Im Hawkbit, said the rabbit who was peering over the edge. He jumped down among them, landing rather heavily. Do you remember me, Hazel? We were in the same burrow during the snow last winter. Dandelion told me you were going to leave the warren tonight.
If you are, Ill come with you. Hazel could recall Hawkbita rather slow, stupid rabbit whose company for ve snowbound days underground had been distinctly tedious. Still, he thought, this was no time to pick and choose. Although Bigwig might succeed in talking. They would be outskirters who were getting a thin time and wondering what to do about it.
He was running over some of these in his mind when Dandelion appeared. The sooner were off the better, I reckon, said Dandelion.
I dont much like the look of things. After Id persuaded Hawkbit here to join us, I was just starting to talk to a few more, when I found that Toadax fellow had followed me down the run.
I want to know what youre up to, he said, and I dont think he believed me when I told him I was only trying to nd out whether there were any rabbits who wanted to leave the warren. He asked me if I was sure I wasnt working up some kind of plot against the Threarah and he got awfully angry and suspicious. It put the wind up me, to tell you the truth, so Ive just brought Hawkbit along and left it at that.
I dont blame you, said Hazel. Knowing Toadax, Im surprised he didnt knock you over rst and ask questions afterward.
All the same, lets wait a little longer. Blackberry ought to be here soon. Time passed. They crouched in silence while the moon shadows moved northward in the grass. At last, just as Hazel was about to run down the slope to Blackberrys burrow, he saw him come out of his hole, followed by no less than three rabbits.
One of these, Buckthorn, Hazel knew well. He was glad to see him, for he knew him for a tough, sturdy fellow who was considered certain to get into the Owsla as soon as he reached full weight. But I dare say hes impatient, thought Hazel, or he may have come off worst in some scufe over a doe and taken it hard.
Well, with him and Bigwig, at least we shant be too badly off if we run into any ghting. He did not recognize the other two rabbits and when Blackberry told him their namesSpeedwell and Acornhe was none the wiser. But this was not surprising, for they were typical outskirters thin-looking six-monthers, with the strained,. They looked curiously at Fiver. From what Blackberry had told them, they had been almost expecting to nd Fiver foretelling doom in a poetic torrent.
Instead, he seemed more calm and normal than the rest. The certainty of going had lifted a weight from Fiver. More time went slowly by. Blackberry scrambled up into the fern and then returned to the top of the bank, dgeting nervously and half inclined to bolt at nothing.
Hazel and Fiver remained in the ditch, nibbling half-heartedly at the dark grass. At last Hazel heard what he was listening for; a rabbitor was it two? A few moments later Bigwig was in the ditch. Behind him came a hefty, brisk-looking rabbit something over twelve months old.
He was well known by sight to all the warren, for his fur was entirely gray, with patches of near-white that now caught the moonlight as he sat scratching himself without speaking. This was Silver, a nephew of the Threarah, who was serving his rst month in the Owsla. Hazel could not help feeling relieved that Bigwig had brought only Silvera quiet, straightforward fellow who had not yet really found his feet among the veterans. When Bigwig had spoken earlier of sounding out the Owsla, Hazel had been in two minds.
It was only too likely that they would encounter dangers beyond the warren and that they would stand in need of some good ghters. Again, if Fiver was right and the whole warren was in imminent peril, then of course they ought to welcome any rabbit who was ready to join them. On the other hand, there seemed no point in taking particular pains to get hold of rabbits who were going to behave like Toadax. Wherever we settle down in the end, thought Hazel, Im determined to see that Pipkin and Fiver arent sat on and cuffed around until theyre ready to run any risk just to get away.
But is Bigwig going to see it like that? You know Silver, dont you? Apparently some of the younger fellows in. I thought I was going to get some more, but I suppose nearly all the Owsla feel theyre very well off as they are. He looked about him. I say, there arent many here, are there? Do you think its really worth going on with this idea? Silver seemed about to speak when suddenly there was a pattering in the undergrowth above and three more rabbits came over the bank from the wood.
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Their movement was direct and purposeful, quite unlike the earlier, haphazard approach of those who were now gathered in the ditch. The largest of the three newcomers was in front and the other two followed him, as though under orders. Hazel, sensing at once that they had nothing in common with himself and his companions, started and sat up tensely. Fiver muttered in his ear, Oh, Hazel, theyve come to but broke off short.
Bigwig turned toward them and stared, his nose working rapidly. The three came straight up to him. You know me perfectly well, replied Bigwig, and I know you, Holly. What do you want? Youre under arrest. Under arrest? Kindle ebooks only work with Amazon's kindle ereader, or kindle software. I agree with Is there and particular reason why you need the digital version? This is a very classic book and as such your local library should have it. If you want it for keeps you should be able to find a physical copy of it for really cheap everywhere.
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