| Quote #10
Life in the barn was very good—night and day, winter and summer, spring and fall, dull days and bright days. It was the best place to be, thought Wilbur, this warm delicious cellar, with the garrulous geese, the changing seasons, the heat of the sun, the passage of swallows, the nearness of rats, the sameness of sheep, the love of spiders, the smell of manure, and the glory of everything. (22.68)
To us, this sounds like a mix of good and bad. We'll take the "delicious cellar" and the "garrulous geese." But we'll pass on those nearby rats and "the smell of manure." No thanks. But for Wilbur, all these elements add up to one thing: home.