| Quote #1
Nearly all of his father's presents were given with reservations which hampered their value somewhat. (1.21)
Early on, we learn that Jody is less than thrilled any time his father gives him a gift. Carl's presents aren't nearly as bad as getting a tie for your birthday, but they always have some lesson attached to them that makes Jody feel like they aren't really gifts at all.
| Quote #2
Jody had wished it might not rain before Thanksgiving, but it did. (1.93)
Well of course he doesn't want it to rain. When it rains, you can't play with your pony outside. But all the wishes in the world can't stop the disappointing weather from arriving and ruining everything.
| Quote #3
Billy Buck wasn't wrong about many things. He couldn't be. But he was wrong about the weather for that day, for a little after noon the clouds pushed over the hills and the rain began to pour down. (1.101)
What a huge bummer for our boy to experience smack dab in the middle of his school day. He's disappointed that his horse is in danger, and he's disappointed because Billy Buck proves not to be infallible after all.