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The Yearling Chapter 23

By Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

Chapter 23

  • It's the first frost of the season, and the Baxter family is snug inside by the fire.
  • Even Ma's in a good mood, cracking jokes, and Penny thinks they'll make out okay with food after all.
  • But, of course, that jinxes them, because a pack of wolves shows up and kills their calf.
  • Penny kills one wolf, but the rest escape, so he decides to go ask the Forresters for help hunting them.
  • Jody wants to come, but Ory refuses to stay home alone.
  • When Penny gets back from the Forresters', he tells them they insist on poisoning the wolves, but he refuses to help, saying poison's not fair. Dude. Your family is in danger of starving; maybe it's time to stop worrying so much about fair.
  • Ma and Jody both protest, but he won't hear it.
  • The Forresters go ahead and set out the poison anyway. Oh, well.
  • Buck stops by to tell Penny, and also lets him know that Twink Weatherby has run off with Oliver, and Lem's furious. So what's new?