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The Yearling Chapter 15

By Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

Chapter 15

  • The next morning, Penny is still alive. Woo!
  • Jody helps his Ma cook a huge breakfast for everyone, and Buck Forrester offers to stay with them for a while to help with the farming, until Penny recovers. Whoa—this guy is a Forrester?
  • Jody goes in to talk with Penny, and ask him if he can get the fawn.
  • Penny agrees that it's only fair for them to raise it, since he took its mother.
  • Even though Ory objects, Penny and Doc Wilson override her, and Mill-wheel Forrester takes Jody out to look for it.
  • Mill-wheel tells Jody he didn't know the Baxters were so poor, and that he thinks their hogs will probably show up that night sometime by themselves, cough.
  • He drops Jody off where he had seen the fawn, and Jody soon stumbles across it.
  • The fawn latches on to him pretty quickly. He carries it a while, and then when he gets tired out, the fawn follows him.
  • When he gets home, he shows his Pa, who is as thrilled as you can be when you're full of rattlesnake venom.
  • Ory is not enthused, to say the least, but Penny tells her that they're keeping the fawn, and that's that.
  • Jody feeds it some milk, and makes a bed for it in the shed.
  • Then he runs around trying to be extra helpful to his Ma, who cheers up soon, since she's so relieved that Penny made it.
  • Penny asks Jody what he's going to name the fawn, but he doesn't know yet. Buck says to ask Fodder-wing.
  • Jody brings some food to the fawn and snuggles up with it. It's like a living Pillow Pet!