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Charlotte's Web

Charlotte's Web

by E. B. White

Perseverance Quotes

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Quote #1

"Control myself?" yelled Fern. "This is a matter of life and death, and you talk about controlling myself." Tears ran down her cheeks and she took hold of the ax and tried to pull it out of her father's hand. (1.11)

Fern is one determined little girl. It's got to be dangerous for her to try to grab the ax from her father's hands, but that doesn't stop her from doing everything she can to save the little pig's life. (Wonder what she'd do if Henry Fussy showed up?)

Quote #2

When the first gosling poked its grey-green head through the goose's feathers and looked around, Charlotte spied it and made the announcement.

"I am sure," she said, "that every one of us here will be gratified to learn that after four weeks of unremitting effort and patience on the part of our friend the goose, she now has something to show for it. The goslings have arrived. May I offer my sincere congratulations!" (6.7-8)

The goose has been sitting on her eggs for a month, and now she finally gets to see the result. And in the end, she has seven little goslings to show for it. Check out how Charlotte compliments her friend's hard work.

Quote #3

"I could spin a web, if I tried," said Wilbur, boasting. "I've just never tried."

"Let's see you do it," said Charlotte. Fern chuckled softly, and her eyes grew wide with love for the pig.

"O.K.," replied Wilbur. "You coach me and I'll spin one. It must be a lot of fun to spin a web. How do I start?" (9.10-12)

Wilbur sure does have a go-getter attitude. Unfortunately, we already know that Wilbur just won't be able to spin a web. First of all, he's a pig. Secondly, he's a pig. Oh and one more thing, he's a pig. But this doesn't stop Wilbur from giving his first attempt at web-spinning everything he's got. Plus, he's got his friends nearby to help him out.

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