by Michael Morpurgo
Language and Communication Quotes in War Horse
How we cite our quotes: (Chapter.Paragraph)
"If you can understand anything of what I said, then pray for her to whatever horse god you pray to." (10.9)
Plenty of people talk to Joey, even though they have no idea if he can understand them. Emilie's grandpapa seems to do it out of desperation. The horses brought happiness to Emile's fragile life, so maybe they can save it in the process.
[Emilie] did not need to lead us. She only had to call and we followed. (11.1)
In this case, the language used to communicate with horses is one of mutual admiration and respect. We could probably all take a cue or two from Emilie.
[Topthorn] lay where he was, breathing heavily, and lifted his head once to look at me. It was an appeal for help—I could see it in his eyes. (14.5)
Even though War Horse is told from a horse's point of view, the horses don't communicate with each other in any sort of secret language. All Topthorn can do is plead with his eyes, the same way Joey might do to a human if he were in pain. Would Topthorn have survived if he could talk?