From 11:00PM PDT on Friday, July 1 until 5:00AM PDT on Saturday, July 2, the Shmoop engineering elves will be making tweaks and improvements to the site. That means Shmoop will be unavailable for use during that time. Thanks for your patience!
Major de Spain is Abner's arch-nemesis in the story. He is Abner's employer and landlord after the family leaves the first county. Abner tracks poop on de Spain's rug, takes him to court, and burns down his barn, all in a matter of four days.