From 11:00PM PDT on Friday, July 1 until 5:00AM PDT on Saturday, July 2, the Shmoop engineering elves will be making tweaks and improvements to the site. That means Shmoop will be unavailable for use during that time. Thanks for your patience!
We have changed our privacy policy. In addition, we use cookies on our website for various purposes. By continuing on our website, you consent to our use of cookies. You can learn about our practices by reading our privacy policy.
© 2016 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
War Horse

War Horse


by Michael Morpurgo

War Horse Chapter 2 Summary

How It All Goes Down

  • Joey and Albert grow closer, despite Albert's drunk father's occasional interference.
  • One day, drunk dad comes into the stable with a whip. He tells Joey that he's made a bet that he can train Joey to pull a plow by the end of the week.
  • Joey don't want nothin' to do with no plow pullin', so he kicks Albert's soused papa in the leg.
  • The next day, Albert tells Joey not to do that again or his father will shoot him. Yowza.
  • Even though he was drunk, Albert's dad was serious about that bet. He makes Albert train Joey. If he fails, he'll either sell or shoot him. The horse, not his son.
  • Being that it's only chapter 2, Albert and Joey succeed. Joey's not turned into glue, and he gets to stay on the farm.
  • The chapter ends as Joey overhears Albert and his family talk of war. The war is creeping closer and closer each day.

People who Shmooped this also Shmooped...