by E. B. White
Charlotte's Web Language and Communication Quotes
How we cite our quotes: (Chapter.Paragraph)
There, in the center of the web, neatly woven in block letters, was a message. It said: SOME PIG! (11.2)
Who knew Charlotte was a writer? Come to think of it, who knew spiders could write at all? But Charlotte sure can whip up a memorable phrase. What do you think of Charlotte's word choice? "Some" isn't necessarily the snazziest word around. Even so, the phrase "some pig" is going to become the start of something big for our friend Wilbur.
"Sure. Sure I do," said Lurvy. "I've always noticed that pig. He's quite a pig."
"He's long, and he's smooth," said Zuckerman.
"That's right," agreed Lurvy. "He's as smooth as they come. He's some pig." (11.30-32)
Well, it turns out "some pig" is such a memorable phrase that Lurvy is now using it. He's taken the spider web's words and turned them into his own. Charlotte may have just invented a new catchphrase.
"The message I wrote in my web, praising Wilbur, has been received. The Zuckermans have fallen for it, and so has everybody else. Zuckerman thinks Wilbur is an unusual pig, and therefore he won't want to kill him and eat him. I dare say my trick will work and Wilbur's life can be saved." (12.20)
Wow, Charlotte is quite a wily little spider. Check out how she calls her writing in the web a "trick." This would mean writing is equivalent with trickery, which is a crazy intriguing idea. Does calling her message a "trick" make it sound like a good thing or a bad thing?