Study Guide

The Yearling Chapter 21

By Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

Chapter 21

  • All the Baxters' crops are ruined. They try to salvage some by harvesting them early, but most of it is a total write-off, or would be if write-offs existed in the 1870s.
  • The flood waters have gone down, but the entire forest stinks like rotting things. Gag!
  • In desperation, Penny goes out into the woods and cuts some marsh grass for hay.
  • While there, he and Jody see a sick panther and an even sicker buck, with a black, swollen tongue.
  • It looks like there's a plague going through the wild animals, and Jody is terrified Flag will get it.
  • They can't eat any animals that are sick, and can only water their farm animals with their own drinking water. Great, strain their resources even more.
  • Jody keeps asking his Pa questions about the plague, and what's going to happen, but for once, Penny is stumped.