The Red Pony
by John Steinbeck
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(3) Base Camp
The Red Pony's not exactly a bucking bronco. It's got simple language, clear sentences, and not a whole lot of confusion. It's Jody's emotional and mental world that might trip you up, because it can be hard to pinpoint just what he's feeling. But trust your gut and trust Shmoop. We promise: you'll be fine.